To mark Independence Day – 5 of the best Premier League US stars

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With the United States enjoying July 4th, here are five of the best Americans to grace the Premier League, including Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham.

The history of the Premier League is littered with memorable American “soccer” stars who have become cult heroes at clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester City and Fulham.

And with the US celebrating July 4th in their usual style, we thought it would be great to look back at five of the very best US players to ever grace the English top-flight.

From great goalkeepers and pacey wide-men to rapping and rapid attackers, these are arguably the best soccer players our friends from across the Atlantic have ever produced.


1. Clint Dempsey

The man affectionately known as “Deuce” was a cult figure throughout his time at Fulham, scoring 60 goals in 232 games, with the undoubted highlight coming during a Europa League victory over Juventus that saw the American lob Gianluigi Buffon in outrageous style.

2. Tim Howard

Long before his 16-save heroics against Belgium at the World Cup, Howard was busy impressing for Everton between the sticks. The American shot-stopper's other notable feats include scoring a Premier League goal directly from his own area against Bolton.

3. Landon Donovan

Among the most potent attacking forces to ever grace Team USA, Donovan's time in England with Everton was short but sweet with 17 appearances spread across two loan spells. His first was arguably the best, with the winger claiming the Everton Player of the Month award for January 2010.

4. Brad Friedel

Gets the nod ahead of fellow Premier League regular Kasey Keller due to the fact he managed a record-breaking 310 consecutive top-flight appearances for Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham. Would have joined Newcastle in the early 90s but for a work-permit issue. Also netted for Blackburn.

5. Claudio Reyna

Also superb in his time with Glasgow Rangers, Reyna shone for Sunderland and later Manchester City during a six-year spell in the Premier League. Named in the 2002 World Cup all-star team during his time with the Black Cats and consistent for both of his English employers.

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