With the Premier League increasingly becoming a global brand, it’s little surprise to see a growing number of American players make waves in the division after crossing the pond to play in it. Rather excitingly indeed, with football on the rise stateside, we’re likely to see more of a crossover of USMT stars landing on these shores.
Indeed, any one who does will find himself in some rather esteemed company. American stars have a strong presence throughout Premier League history. Since John Harkes became the first American player to play in the division with Sheffield Wednesday back in the early 90s, there have been a number of top class players to follow suit.
Visit Britain are looking to find the biggest Super Football Fan in the world, people to watch the USMNT stars strut the stuff in the Premier League over the years. While you weigh up whether or not you think you have what it takes, here’s a closer look at some of the stars we’ve been talking about.
One of the most prolific American players to have starred in the Premier League, former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Clint Dempsey will be fondly remembered for his time in both west and north London.
Able to operate either in midfield or attack, the Seattle Sounders man scored 57 goals during his time here, including this fine effort against Sunderland.
Back in the late 1990s, Everton took New England Revolution forward Joe Max-Moore to England on a trail and he impressed so much, the Toffees made his move across the Atlantic a permanent affair.
While injury may have hampered his time on these shores, no one will be in any rush to forget the fact he managed to score FIVE goals in his first FIVE appearances for the Goodison Park club. Few will have had better starts to life in the Premier League.
Though there have been more prolific strikers in the Premier League, former Everton and Fulham striker Brian McBride is one of the most loved cult-heroes who’ve made a move across the pond. This goal against Manchester United is a career highlight, though his time at Craven Cottage is still talked about to this day.
His hard-working approach to the centre-forward role has seen Fulham name a bar after him outside the ground, while he was also asked to chime in on a managerial appointment for the club back in 2014.
Continuing in the Fulham trend, defender Carlos Bocanegra had spells with the Cottagers, as well north of the border with Rangers, and proved a popular figure with those in west London. Perhaps his best moment came against bitter rivals Chelsea, where his last minute equaliser ensured their noisier neighbours didn’t take home all the bragging rights.
Tim Howard defies physics
The Premier League is littered with great ‘keepers, with Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel joining Tim Howard as legendary figures between the sticks. Former Everton and Manchester United stopper Howard gave around 10 years of service to the Premier League, with few better saves than this one over his decade here.
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