Great American Soccer Players
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Great American Soccer Players

The popularity of soccer in the US keeps on growing. Major League Soccer started in 1996 with 10 teams and has grown to the current 20 teams, with 17 teams in the US and 3 teams in Canada. Further expansions are in the pipeline, proof that soccer attained a stature in American sports that can equal the other popular sports of basketball, baseball, and football. Major League Soccer, whose regular season runs from March to December, has the third biggest attendance in any sports league in the country.

Great American Soccer Players

The sports popularity is enhanced by the country’s participation in international soccer tournaments, the latest of which was the Rio Olympics. As in other major sports leagues, soccer has produced a number of great players that are known not only in the country but also worldwide. Some of the great American soccer players are the following:

  • Landon Danovan – A lightning-fast forward of the LA Galaxy and several national teams, Danovan was the standard-bearer of a new generation of soccer-loving Americans.
  • Claudio Reyna – A midfielder, Reyna was team captain of the New York Red Bulls and of a US men’s national team.
  • Clint Dempsey – A forward for the Seattle Sounders FC, he also played for New England Revolution, Fulham and Tottenham Totspur.
  • Brad Friedel – A goalkeeper for the US national team from 1992 to 2005, Friedel played at Blackburn Robers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Brian McBride –He played the forward position for the Columbus Crew, Fulham and the Chicago Fire.
  • Tim Howard – He plays as a goalkeeper for the Colorado Rapids and the US national team.
  • Tabaré Ramos Ricciardi – Famously known as Tab Ramos, he played as midfielder for the New Jersey Eagles, Miami Sharks, and the MetroStars.
  • Eric Wynalda – He played for the San Diego Nomads, the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, VfL Bochum, San Jose Clash, Miami Fusion, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, Charleston Battery, and the Bakersfield Brigade.
  • Kasey Keller – He is a goalkeeper who last played for the Seattle Sounders in MLS.
  • Michael Bradley – He plays for the Toronto FC in MLS and the US men’s national soccer team.
There are countless more soccer players who continue to give honor to their respective teams and this internationally loved sport.