USA star Landon Donovan
The USA go into the International Legends World Cup as rank outsiders. The United States are one of only a few countries to be entered into the competition where association football is not the countries most popular sport. Football, or soccer, is certainly on the rise in the US, but they are yet to give birth to a true global star of the beautiful game.
Given that football is very much still on the rise in the US, much of the USMNT legends squad is made up of recent stars such as Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. In addition to those recent stars, there are a few familiar faces from the United States' World Cup squad of 1994 on home soil, such as Claudio Reyna, Tab Ramos and Eric Wynalda, not to forget a couple from America's great triumph over England in 1950.
Brad Friedel warms up at Tottenham Hotspur
Likely to be the countries number one heading into the International Legends World Cup, Brad Friedel had a long and admirable career, winning 82 caps for the United States and turning out for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Goalkeeping has always been a strong position for the US, and that is reflected in this squad.
Another US goalkeeper who spent a long time impressing in the Premier League, Tim Howard has won 113 caps for the USMNT and is still going strong at 38. Following spells with Manchester United and Everton, where Howard won three trophies and was once included in the PFA Team of the Year, the former MetroStars man is now back in the US playing for the Colorado Rapids.
Well-travelled centre-back Carlos Bocanegra has played football in the United States, England, Scotland, France and Spain. The now retired 37-year-old racked up 110 caps for his country, and played some of his best club football with Fulham alongside fellow American Brian McBride.
Eddie Pope challenges all-time leading World Cup goal scorer Miroslav Klose
A stalwart of the USMNT throughout the last 1990's and early 2000's, Eddie Pope never proved himself outside of the United States, but did enough in his time with DC United, MetroStars and Real Salt Lake to earn his place in the side. A four-time member of the MLS Best XI and one-time MLS Best Defender, Pope won 82 caps for his country.
Former USMNT captain Marcelo Balboa won 127 caps for the Stars and Stripes, scoring 13 goals from centre-back. Like Pope, Balboa never played in Europe, but he did have a brief stint in Mexico with Leon. The first player to reach 100 caps for the United States, the defender was twice named US Soccer Athlete of the Year.
Steve Cherundolo celebrates victory the 2010 World Cup
The United States seem to have a never-ending left-back dilemma, but they had no such problems at right-back throughout most of the naughties. Steve Cherundolo was solid an dependable for the national team, winning 87 caps for his country and rarely letting anyone down. A one-club man, Cherundolo never played in the MLS and spent his entire career with Hannover, retiring in 2014.
Possibly the last great left-back the US had, great in American soccer terms at least, Billy Gonsalves was known as the Babe Ruth of American Soccer. The Rhode Island born star represented the United States at the 1930 and 1934 World Cups. A renowned gentleman, Gonsalves was reportedly never carded over his entire career.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest US soccer players of all-time, Walter Bahr won 19 caps for his country between 1948 and 1957. The most notable game of Bahr's career was naturally the Americans stunning 1-0 victory over a strong England team in 1950, and Bahr supplied to assist for Joe Gaetjens winner.
Fabian Johnson in action for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League
One of only a few current US internationals to make the cut, Fabian Johnson is the youngest of the bunch, aged only 29, but he still deserves his place in this squad. Johnson has already won 54 caps for the USMNT and the versatile left sided player has impressed in Germany for the likes of Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
The son of an Argentina father and a Portuguese American mother, Claudio Reyna had football in his blood, his Dad having played the game before emigrating to the United States. Reyna played in the top flights of Germany, Scotland, England and the US itself, winning 112 caps for the US, retiring from international football after the 2006 World Cup and hanging up his boots entirely in 2008.
A midfield partner of Reyna's for some time, Tab Ramos was born in Uruguay and was also the son of a footballer. The diminutive midfielder won 81 caps for America and represented the country in three World Cup's, fracturing his skull at the 1994 tournament in a clash with Brazil.
United States great Clint Dempsey is still going strong in Seattle
Arguably the greatest American soccer player of all-time, in terms of his contribution to the USMNT at least, Clint Dempsey has won 132 caps for his country, scoring 56 goals, and will most likely soon overtake Landon Donovan as the US' all-time leading goal scorer. At club level, Dempsey impressed in the Premier League with Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, and has been a titan in the MLS with New England Revolution and the Seattle Sounders.
The poster boy of US soccer, Landon Donovan's quality on the world stage is up for debate. The 35-year-old was without peer in the MLS, being named in the MLS Best XI seven times, more than any other player. Outside of the MLS, it was a mixed bag for the forward. Failing to breakthrough at Leverkusen, doing little on-loan at Bayern but impressing in flashes at Everton. He scored 57 goals in 157 games for the USMNT.
Eric Wynalda - USA celebrates against Colombia
California-born striker Eric Wynalda was a good technical striker with a powerful shot, and he scored 34 goals from 106 caps for the United States. Away from the international scene, Wynalda played in Germany, Mexico and the US, scoring a total of 64 goals in 220 games over the course of his career.
It's very harsh leaving Brian McBride out of the initial 15, but we have faith you will vote him into the USMNT's final 18. One man who'll definitely be in that final 18 is Jim Brown. The Kilmarnock born US international moved to the US at the age of 19, and went on to win 4 caps for his adopted home, scoring once at the 1930 World Cup against Argentina. At club level, Brown scored for fun in the US and was also prolific in England with Manchester United, Brentford and Tottenham.
Former Fulham goal-getter Brian McBride scored 30 goals for the USMNT
That's it for the United States definite 15, now it's over to you to pick which three reserve players get the nod and join the likes of Donovan and Bahr in the US' final 18 for the International Legends World Cup. The eight reserve players to choose from are as follows:
1. Kasey Keller - Former Millwall, Leicester & Tottenham goalkeeper - 102 caps
2. Frank Borghi - Former St. Louis Simpkins-Ford goalkeeper - 9 caps
3. John Harkes - Former Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County & DC United midfielder - 90 caps
4. Cobi Jones - Former Coventry City and LA Galaxy midfielder - 164 caps
5. Earnie Stewart - Former VVV, NAC and DC United midfielder - 101 caps
6. Michael Bradley - Former Roma and current Toronto FC midfielder - 130 caps
7. Roy Wegerle - Former QPR and Colorado Rapids midfielder/forward - 41 caps
8. Brian McBride - Former Columbus Crew and Fulham forward - 95 caps
You can vote here on which reserve you feel should make the final squad. The three players with the most votes will make the cut:
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