The United States has a surprisingly rich football history.
For instance, they finished third in the first ever World Cup in 1930. And during that 1930 run in Uruguay an American named Bert Patenaude recorded the first hat trick in World Cup history.
However, Team America’s success in the early part of the century diminished as they suffered through a humiliating 40-year World Cup drought.
It wasn’t until 1990 that the Yanks finally returned to the world stage.
Since then the beautiful game has made great strides in the USA. With their most successful decade starting in 2002—when they reached the World Cup quarterfinals in Germany—they have enjoyed a four-year unbeaten run against their arch rivals, Mexico, and surprised the world with a second place finish in the Confederations Cup.
Here are the best players to fill the traditional 4-4-2 formation. It wasn’t easy to pick the starting 11.
Some superstars fell victim to playing the same position as an established legend; others, although extremely talented, do not have enough years or consistency to be given this esteemed honor.