The three most successful US imports to the Premier League

Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley was appointed Swansea manager on Monday to become the first American to manager in the Premier League.

Bob Bradley

Traditionally, and on the whole, Americans have never really excelled at football, and are roundly mocked by Brits for calling it "soccer" and having a franchise style league.

However, they have occasionally produced the odd gem to make it in the upper echelons of English football...

Brad Friedel

Signed for Liverpool from Columbus Crew in 1997, the American keeper did not really make his mark in Premier League until joining Blackburn in 2000, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League that season.

Friedel became one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League for over a decade after that, with him not missing a single Premier League game from 2005 to 2012 for Rovers, Aston Villa or Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham's Brad Friedel during the warm up before the match

He even managed to score a goal, equalising in injury time for Blackburn in 2004 against Charlton Athletic, only for Charlton to go straight up the other end and grab a winner.

Friedel has the record for the oldest player to feature for both Villa and Spurs before his retirement in 2015, aged 44. He remains a club ambassador for Tottenham in the States.

Tim Howard

America clearly has a knack for producing a good goalkeeper as Friedel and Tim Howard show (with special mentions to Brad Guzan and Kasey Keller also).

Howard was at Manchester United during their goalkeeping merry-go-round in between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar but it was at Everton where he secured his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

Everton's Tim Howard

Like Friedel also, he scored a goal when a long goal kick was sent swirling into the wind past a helpless Adam Bogdan into the Bolton Wanderers net.

The highest-capped USA keeper only left Everton in the summer to return to his homeland to play for Colorado Rapids but is still highly regarded on Merseyside.

Clint Dempsey

The attacking midfielder was signed by Chris Coleman in January 2007 and helped cement Fulham's status in the Premier League for the next two seasons with crucial goals keeping them up.

It was when Roy Hodgson took over that Dempsey's career would be elevated further, with him becoming a solid goalscorer in the Premier League. At the end of the 2011-12 season he had scored 17 Premier League goals and earned himself a move to Spurs.

His spell in North London was not as successful and he moved on to Seattle Sounders a year later.

Clint Dempsey USA

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