Looking back through Premier League history, there haven’t been that many Americans to grace us with their presence.
Around a decade ago was the boom time for those from the USA but these days, finding a player from America in England’s top flight can be a hard task.
That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some great players from across the pond, though. Think of Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride and Jozy Altidore to name just a few.
A new breed of youngsters are also starting to push their way into the limelight of the top flight too. Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers has mightily impressed when given the chance, while Chelsea’s Matt Miazga is out on-loan to build for what promises to be a good career ahead of him. Arsenal boast Gedion Zedalem amongst their ranks, while Bournemouth have playmaker Emerson Hyndman.
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Take a look at these moments of magic from Americans in the Premier League. Here are the top four goals ever scored by Americans in the top-flight…
While not the most extraordinary of finishes, goalkeeper Brad Friedel must be commended for his striker-like instinct to level the scores between Blackburn and Charlton in the final minutes of their Premier League encounter back in February of 2004.
Too bad the American conceded about a minute later as Charlton’s Claus Jensen bagged a dramatic winner and broke Blackburn’s hearts.
This pearler of a free-kick from arguably the best American to ever grace the Premier League was Clint Dempsey’s 50th in a glistening career in English football. The midfielder totalled 72 goals during his stint in England for both Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.
The playmaker is still going strong today, and has been named the MLS’ MVP for the past three years running.
Brian McBride was another of the U.S born greats to grace Craven Cottage and became a fan favourite by producing moments of magic such as this. The striker leapt phenomenally to power his header past his former club Everton and give Fulham a dramatic 1-0 victory. Chris Coleman – manager of Fulham at the time – said it was a ‘shame’ the striker, who scored 45 goals in English football, hadn’t been discovered earlier.
He obviously didn’t mean it and had a lot of help from the wind but this Tim Howard goal is brilliant to watch. When that ball left Howard’s foot I don’t think a single soul expected it to bounce and float over poor Adam Bogdan in the Bolton net, but that it did in what was one of the best, if not most fortunate, Premier League goals of all time.