The United States men's national team has experienced unprecedented success on the international level over the past two decades, including six consecutive FIFA World Cup appearances and a quarterfinals berth in 2002.
Homegrown stars such as Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard and Landon Donovan were all products of Major League Soccer and have developed their talents overseas at some point of their careers.
The American media is never shy about placing the "star" tag on young, promising soccer players. Unfortunately, not all have lived up to the expectations like their fellow compatriots have.
While the term "overrated" is commonly thrown around by media and fans alike, this article refuses to place such a title on the following players. Nonetheless, certain American players have disappointed on the international level when their futures seemed so bright at the beginning of their careers.
Let's take a look at five formerly promising American soccer talents who have disappointed over recent years.