galleryTitle description galleryUrl thumbnail
Top football/soccer transfer rumors - Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds throughout world football. /foxsoccer/world/lists/transfer-rumors-february-24-march-2-football-soccer-players-teams-022414 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/24/022414-Rumor-Mill-GUNDO-GONE-DG-PI_20140224164223176_136_102.JPG
Americans Abroad - Feb. 21-23 Review the top Americans that can take their talents overseas this year. /foxsoccer/usa/lists/americans-abroad-feb-21-23-performances-players-overseas-022314 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/23/022314-SOCCE-forget-me-not-PI_2014022319021849_136_102.JPG
FOX Soccer Power Rankings - Feb. 21-28 FOX Soccer Power Rankings: Paris Saint-Germain return to top five after crushing Champions League win /foxsoccer/world/lists/power-rankings-february-21-28-paris-saint-germain-return-to-top-five-after-crushing-win-022114 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/21/drasticjump-pi_20140221180930519_136_102.JPG
Top football/soccer transfer rumors - Feb. 17-23 Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds throughout world football. /foxsoccer/world/lists/transfer-rumors-february-17-23-football-soccer-players-teams-021714 http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/17/021714-SOCCER-Shock-Waves-HF-PI_20140217182428996_136_102.JPG
categoryName categoryId galleryId galleryTitle mediaId imageTitle imageURL league description shortDescription attribution large thumbnail
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30850151 Top 10 American footballers of all time Top+10+American+footballers+of+all+time World

American soccer has come a long way in the last few decades. Once considered outcasts in the world’s game, the resilient Yanks refused to be an afterthought and have gone on to produce some of the most talented footballers on the planet.

Here is FOX Soccer’s list of the top 10 players to ever don the red, white and blue and leave their a lasting mark on the game not only in the United States, but around the world.

Jake Roth - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/28/032812-Soccer-Top-10-American-G1-AA_20120328193432478_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/28/032812-Soccer-Top-10-American-G1-AA_20120328193432478_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30842363 Landon Donovan Landon+Donovan World

The heir to Reyna’s throne, Donovan is the face of the USA-Mexico rivalry and one of the top creative forwards the Americans have produced. While his career was tarnished by abortive stints in Germany, his spells with the LA Galaxy and Everton have shown his true quality and maturity. With Donovan on the field, the USA are dangerous; without him, they are average.

- Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/01/30/landon_donovan_americans_abroad_gi_013012_20120130142217813_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/01/30/landon_donovan_americans_abroad_gi_013012_20120130142217813_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30840838 Brad Friedel Brad+Friedel World

Arguably the best goalkeeper the USA has ever produced, the 40-year old has enjoyed a long career with giants like Galatasaray, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Blackburn and now Tottenham. Best remembered for backstopping the Yanks during their charmed 2002 World Cup run, Friedel is an excellent reader of the game and technically brilliant.
 

Julian Finney - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2011/12/18/135952217_20111218121700291_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2011/12/18/135952217_20111218121700291_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30842379 Claudio Reyna Claudio+Reyna World

The one-time captain of the U.S. national team, Reyna is considered one of the best creative midfielders the Americans have produced. His career was blighted by injury but spells at Rangers, Manchester City and Wolfsburg established him as a top-quality talent. He also holds the distinction of being the first American to captain a foreign club: he wore the armband at Wolfsburg.

Mike Stobe - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G2_20120326161647323_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G2_20120326161647323_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30839012 Michelle Akers Michelle+Akers World

The greatest woman to ever play the game, Akers won two World Cups with the USA and set the stage for the explosion in women’s team sports. A gifted midfielder and creator, Akers was selected as one of just two women to represent the best of soccer world by FIFA for their 100th anniversary.

Tom Hauck - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G4_20120326161647320_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G4_20120326161647320_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30842367 Brian McBride Brian+McBride World

The St. Louis striker was the first player drafted by MLS, the first striker to make a name for himself in England, and the only American to be honored by a club by having their stadium bar named after him. Fulham’s pride, McBride was deadly in the air but possessed a grace that belied his height and size.

Jonathan Daniel - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/22/032112-soccer-brian-mcbride-mf-G6_20120322014614971_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/22/032112-soccer-brian-mcbride-mf-G6_20120322014614971_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30842369 Clint Dempsey Clint+Dempsey World

The hottest striker of the modern era and the man who smashed McBride’s record at Fulham, Dempsey is making a name for himself as the best attacking player the USA has developed. Fiercely competitive on the field — and unassuming off it — “Deuce” is expected to be a hot property in this summer’s transfer market.

Valerio Pennicino - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/02/29/140173302_20120229170705640_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/02/29/140173302_20120229170705640_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30840840 Tab Ramos Tab+Ramos World

The Uruguyan-born Ramos was the first American star of the “modern era,” when U.S. Soccer came out of the international wilderness. A gifted midfielder, Ramos was the fulcrum of the 1990 and 1994 World Cup squads and the star of the USA’s 1995 Copa America run. One of the rare Americans to play in Spain, he helped Real Betis gain promotion to La Liga but saw his career there cut short by the skull fracture he suffered in the USA-Brazil game in the 1994 World Cup.

Mike Stobe - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2011/07/26/119852378_2011072600081083_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2011/07/26/119852378_2011072600081083_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30840849 Hugo Perez Hugo+Perez World

The El Salvador-born midfielder was another important player in the “dark ages” of American soccer, becoming a star in the late days of the NASL and then carrying over with the Sockers of the MISL. His skillful play and ability to hold the ball helped USA to the 1984 Olympic Games and to qualify for the 1990 World Cup. Perez sadly missed 1990 with a leg injury, but the future Hall of Famer would take the field at long last in 1994.

Howard C. Smith, isiphotos.com - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G8_20120326161647321_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G8_20120326161647321_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30839011 Eric Wynalda Eric+Wynalda World

The greatest striker of his era, “Waldo” was the all-time national scoring leader for the nats until Donovan came along and broke it. A pioneer, Wynalda became the first American to play in the Bundesliga with a top club when he joined Saarbrucken in 1992. He’d later move to VfL Bochum before returning to the MLS to start up at San Jose. Cocky and driven. Wynalda was a fine pure finisher.
 

Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT 032612 top ten americans bw G10 - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G9_20120326161647322_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G9_20120326161647322_107_80.JPG
World 2018 43 Top USA soccer players of all time 30840848 Earnest “Earnie” Stewart Earnest+%26ldquo%3BEarnie%26rdquo%3B+Stewart World

The Netherlands-born midfielder was one of the greatest overseas finds of the modern era, and scored the goal that gave the USA its pivotal win against Colombia in the 1994 World Cup. A star with NAC Breda, Stewart became part of the team after the 1990 World Cup and formed the core of the side that would take the team through the next three cycles. Stewart would retire with 101 caps.
 

Doug Benc - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G10_20120326161647324_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/03/26/032612-top-ten-americans-bw-G10_20120326161647324_107_80.JPG
EndCap Fox Sports Video and Photo Gallery
thumbnail galleryTitle shortDescription longDescription blurb galUpdated pageNumber totalPages galleryUrl
http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/24/022414-Rumor-Mill-GUNDO-GONE-DG-PI_20140224164223176_136_102.JPG Top football/soccer transfer rumors - Feb. 23-Mar. 2 Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds... Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds throughout world football. Robin van Persie's rumored return to Arsenal would be beyond controversial in many ways. Feb 26, 2014 8:47 AM ET 1 57 /foxsoccer/world/lists/transfer-rumors-february-24-march-2-football-soccer-players-teams-022414
http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/23/022314-SOCCE-forget-me-not-PI_2014022319021849_136_102.JPG Americans Abroad - Feb. 21-23 Review the top Americans that can take their... Review the top Americans that can take their talents overseas this year. Familiar faces may rejoin United States men's national team conversation. Feb 25, 2014 2:41 AM ET 1 57 /foxsoccer/usa/lists/americans-abroad-feb-21-23-performances-players-overseas-022314
http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/21/drasticjump-pi_20140221180930519_136_102.JPG FOX Soccer Power Rankings - Feb. 21-28 FOX Soccer Power Rankings: Paris Saint-Germai... FOX Soccer Power Rankings: Paris Saint-Germain return to top five after crushing Champions League win Giant thumping brings Ibrahimovic and Co. back to our top ten list. Feb 22, 2014 1:50 PM ET 1 57 /foxsoccer/world/lists/power-rankings-february-21-28-paris-saint-germain-return-to-top-five-after-crushing-win-022114
http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2014/02/17/021714-SOCCER-Shock-Waves-HF-PI_20140217182428996_136_102.JPG Top football/soccer transfer rumors - Feb. 17-23 Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds... Check out the latest rumors doing the rounds throughout world football. Robin van Persie's rumored return to Arsenal would be beyond controversial in many ways. Feb 20, 2014 10:42 AM ET 1 57 /foxsoccer/world/lists/transfer-rumors-february-17-23-football-soccer-players-teams-021714