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Top American Soccer Players in the World

Updated on February 7, 2015

My Top Five American Soccer Players in the World Picks

My picks of the top five soccer players that are born in America and play for world soccer are featured on this page. Some the men of soccer are young in their twenties with many years ahead of them. While others are in their prime, but are still going strong.

The oldest player is Brad Friedel, born on May 18, 1971. The oldest soccer player on this page is Michael Bradley, born July 31, 1987.

All of these pro soccer players have won awards or broken records. They have proved to be the best in their field.

One example of a special award to one superstar soccer player is Tim Howard. H is the Everton goalkeeper and captain of the United States Men's National Team. At the 2009 Confederations Cup he was awarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper

Photo credit: Top five montage put together from Wikipedia

Starting with #5 to #1

Saving the best for last

Brad Friedel #5 Top American Soccer Player - Oldest player in the league

Brad Friedel entrance Brighton v Spurs Amex Opening Wikipedia
Brad Friedel entrance Brighton v Spurs Amex Opening Wikipedia

The 42-year-old goal is a legendary goalkeeper and is also known as "The Human Wall" after his antics in the 2002 World Cup. He has had successful stints at Liverpool, Aston Villa, Blackburn and Tottenham.

With a vast amount of Premier League experience under his belt, he is the oldest player in the history of the league. Friedel still has sharp reflexes and I would still rank him in Top 5 keepers in EPL right now.

Brad Friedel Soccer on Amazon - Photo shows a small portions of what is available

Brad Friedel Soccer on Amazon
Brad Friedel Soccer on Amazon

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Thinking Outside the Box: My Journey in Search of the Beautiful Game Paperback by Brad Friedel

As a person who has experiences an amazing journey throughout his career abroad, soccer goalkeeper Brad Friedel has scored high with three World Cup tournaments, two Olympic games and in a Premier League. He calls himself a visionary and likes to think outside of the box.

In this story of Brad Friedel, offers his perspective of life and the world revolving around soccer. A lesson can be learned here to think and focused on new ideas and dreams to better life on the road to success.

The 'box' is the area of where the goalkeeper is that protects his area from the opponent team form scoring. This area includes the net and a boxed in area that is marked in the green in white.

Soccerstarz - Spurs Brad Friedel - Home Kit /Figures

Have fun with this collectable Spurs Brad Friedel goalkeeper figurine.

8' x 5' Kickster Portable Soccer Goal 2 Min Set up - Back Yard, Park, Vacation or Training - Play Anywhere - Recommended by USA's BRAD FRIEDEL!

Easy to set up and take down. Move it from one area of the yard to the other. This is perfect to set up for training for your little soccer player or yourself if you are on a soccer men's or women's soccer team.

Take it to the park and have some fun. Durable for all types of weather.

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Michael Bradley #4 Top American Soccer Player - AS Roma midfield player

Henry vs Bradley MLS AllStar 2013 on Wikipedia
Henry vs Bradley MLS AllStar 2013 on Wikipedia

Michael Bradley presently plays for Roma in the Italian Serie A as a central midfielder. He is a strong soccer player and looks quite strong and impressive. Bradley was a former Chievo player who is at the age of 26, has not yet reached his peek and can do wonders for the team under Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Brady grew up on soccer. When he was young, his father Bob Bradley was a coach for the soccer team in Princeton University.

Then as a teenager, his family moved to Palatine, Illinois. His father coached the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer team. At this time Michael Bradley played for Sockers FC. It was a great experience for him as the Sockers FC finished third in the 2002 National Championship.

Reusch Keon Pro Duo Ltd Goalkeeper Gloves

Michael Bradley of Team USA 2010 FIFA World Cup Poster - This would look so good on your wall

Michael Bradley (USA) "2010 at World Cup" Framed 8" x 10" Photograph
Michael Bradley (USA) "2010 at World Cup" Framed 8" x 10" Photograph

Posters look better in frames. This one highlights Michael Bradley of Team USA during the FIFA World Cup. This took place in South Africa between the men's national association football teams for the championship.

Starts with the cleats

Wilson Sporting Goods Dynasty Shin Guard

Landon Donovan #3 Top American Soccer Player - One of the best players in the Gold's Cup 2013

Landon Donovan plays a competitve match for Los Angeles Galaxy Wikipedia
Landon Donovan plays a competitve match for Los Angeles Galaxy Wikipedia

Landon Donovan Class Act

Landon Donovan was the best player for Klinsmann's team in the Gold's Cup 2013. Some have declared the 31-year-old as less impressive, but it won't be wrong to say he is still one of the most dominant players in the MLS.

He can still put in a world class performance, whenever he wants. His performances at Everton are still remembered by the fans there.

Landon Donovan Merchandise on Amazon - Many products with only a small portion shown

Landon Donovan Products on Amazon
Landon Donovan Products on Amazon

Gifts Shown in Photo

Landon Donovan #10 Los Angeles Galaxy Adidas Name and Number T-Shirt

This t-shirt is made of 100% cotton with screen print graphics and available in the different sizes on the Landon Donovan pages.

Landon Donovan: World Class Soccer Star (Robbie Readers) Library Binding

Landon Donovan is featured in this wonderfully written e-reader book by author Rebecca Thatcher Murcia with easy to understand information and colorful photographs. As the captain of the United States men's national team is known to be a superstar of America. The history of when Donovan was a little boy to where he is today is featured in this book.

Skinit Landon Donovan Player Action Shot Vinyl Skin for Apple iPhone 4 / 4S

(16x20) Landon Donovan Glossy Photograph

Tim Howard #2 Top American Soccer Player - One of the Top Keepers

Tim Howard makes a save Wikipedia
Tim Howard makes a save Wikipedia

Talented Tim Howard

Tim Howard is a crowd favorite for both, the club and the national team. He is rock solid between the posts and is generally sharp and focused. The 34-year-old was an instant hit at Manchester United, but was unable to handle the pressure at Old Trafford and lost his confidence after making some mistakes on the field.

But his half a decade stint at Everton has given him recognition among the top keepers in the league.

More of Tim Howard is featured in USA vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Soccer Memorabilia.

Tim Howard Soccer Memorabilia - Great gift ideas for the soccer fan

Tim Howard Soccer Memorabilia on Amazon
Tim Howard Soccer Memorabilia on Amazon

Olympic Tim Howard USA Real Big Fathead Wall Graphic

Tim Howard for President

Clint Dempsey #1 Top American Soccer Player - Favorite player against big teams

Signed Clint Dempsey Photograph - 8x10 Team USA was on Amazon
Signed Clint Dempsey Photograph - 8x10 Team USA was on Amazon

Clint Dempsey on Top of the World

The skipper of the U.S. Soccer team took off from the Spurs to Seattle in this transfer window. Dempsey's determination and drive separates him from others in his team. The coach's favorite player can score against big teams and carry on the weight of the team on his shoulders.

In 184 appearances for Fulham, Dempsey scored 50 goals and 7 goals for Tottenham in 29 games.

Learn more about Dempsey on Clint Dempsey Seattle Soccer and Memorabilia.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thomas Swan I do think it is gaining more popularity in America.

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      Thomas Swan 2 years ago from New Zealand

      I hope the MLS gets more popular in future. Good choices though. America does seem to produce a lot of excellent goalkeepers. I agree with Dempsey too. He resembles Frank Lampard in his style of play.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CherylsArt Soccer is the number one sport outside of the US.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Soccer definitely looks like a very athletic sport. You have piked my interest.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Erin Mellor goes to show that age has no effect on Tim Howard with his ability.

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      Tim Howard is an outstanding player, keepers tend to have longer careers. I saw him play a couple of months ago - he's still got it.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. Soccer fun. I have just learned a little bit more about the American players of the European teams.Thank you for publishing it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I know about all of them, however Bradley is the most hard working player in the US soccer squad.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      Good choices... I'm a big fan of Tim Howard.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These US soccer players are familiar to me and all great players. Looking forward to the World Cup Brazil 2014!