Best US players to have graced the Premier League

The Premier League continues to attract the best football players the world has seen, with only a few of the best to have played the game having not seemingly made the switch to the English division.

There have been a number of top American football players to have graced the English Premier League with their presence throughout the history of the division.

Christian Pulisic is just one of the latest to be plying his trade in the division and looks destined to be a star for Chelsea – something those looking to find where to bet online in Indiana believe could happen; whilst USMNT number one goalkeeper, Zack Steffan, has been receiving his own chance to play for Manchester City in place of Ederson after the Brazilian suffered an injury.

However, who are some of the other top players from America to have played in the English Premier League?

Landon Donovan

Perhaps one of the greatest American footballers to have ever played the sport, Landon Donovan had a rather brief time in the English Premier League, however, he managed to show just why everyone across the Atlantic Ocean were raving over the former Los Angeles Galaxy playmaker.

Donovan had initially joined Everton on a short-term loan deal in 2010 but made an immediate impact as he scored two goals in his 13 appearances, becoming a favourite at Goodison Park. He left such an impression that the Toffees would re-sign him on another loan deal in 2012.

Brian McBride

Fans of a certain era might well remember just how good Brian McBride was as a striker. The American, perhaps more remembered for his time at Fulham rather than Everton, became a huge favourite with the fans at Craven Cottage during his time four years in West London.

Having played for Fulham between 2004 and 2008, he was crowned the club’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and even has a sports bar named in his honour at the club. There is some argument that he was the main reason as to why so many American football players have since made the move to the Premier League.

Tim Howard

Another American player to have signed for Everton during his playing days, Tim Howard was initially signed by Manchester United in 2003 as they looked to replace their World Cup winner, Fabien Barthez. He performed solidly well for the Red Devils but saw opportunities to play dwindle when legendary Edwin van der Sar arrived. 

2006 saw Howard make the switch to Goodison Park and he continued to perform to the highest levels, making a number of eye-catching displays for the Toffees. He left the club after spending over 10 years with them and only after he amassed over 350 league appearances.

Brad Friedel

Another American goalkeeper that could be considered synonymous with the Premier League is Brad Friedel. The goalkeeper was widely considered to be one of the best shot-stoppers that the league had ever witnessed and proved to be incredibly successful.

Having started at Liverpool, he went on to represent Blackburn Rovers (where he is probably most remembered), Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. He was so crucial to all of those clubs – except Liverpool where he struggled for games – that he set the Premier League record for most consecutive appearances between 2004 and 2012, amassing a total of 310. He was so good that he did not actually retire until he was 44!

Clint Dempsey

When thinking of the best American footballers to have played in the Premier League, Clint Dempsey is likely going to be one of the first names football fans remember. The striker joined Fulham and made an instant impact during his time at Craven Cottage, as he was the club’s leading goalscorer in the English top-flight, as well as Player of the Year for 2011 and 2012 as he followed in Brian McBride’s footsteps.

In 2012, he earned a move to Tottenham Hotspur and continued to impress as he bagged 72 goals and achieved the all-time record of goals scored by an American player in a European league. Furthermore, he holds the record of being the first American to score a Premier League hat-trick, although Pulisic has joined him on that list.