Only a small group of players from the United States have impressed in the Premier League consistently over a sustained period of time, and these five stars have been particularly good in the English top-flight.
Still playing at the age of 42, Friedel has been one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers for many years. After making 25 appearances for Liverpool, he spent eight years at Blackburn Rovers, helping the Ewood Park club into Europe three times, the first of which coming after their Worthington Cup triumph in 2002.
Between 2008 and 2010, he was instrumental in Aston Villa’s challenge for a top four place, before he joined Tottenham a year later. Between 2004 and 2012, he made a Premier League record 310 consecutive appearances, before being replaced by Hugo Lloris as Spurs No.1.
Despite often suffering injuries, Reyna was able to display his considerable talents in 115 Premier League games for Sunderland and Manchester City. Under Stuart Pearce, he helped Man City reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 2006, after challenging for a European spot a year earlier. Overall, he scored seven Premier League goals.
Probably the best outfield player in the Premier League to hail from the USA, Dempsey’s performances were vital to Fulham staying up in his first two seasons. However, he truly excelled as the Cottagers began to aim for the top 10 under Roy Hodgson, scoring some memorable goals as they reached the Europa League final in 2010.
Dempsey became Fulham’s leading Premier League scorer, with 50 goals – including 17 in 2011-12, before spending a season at Tottenham, during which he struck 12 times in all competitions.
Another player crucial to keeping Fulham in the Premier League over the last decade, Brian McBride, who earned 96 international caps, spent four years at Craven Cottage, becoming a hugely popular player among the club’s supporters. He scored a total of 33 league goals between 2004 and 2008, including 12 in 2006-07, when he won Fulham’s Player of the Year award.
Howard has been remarkably consistent since becoming Everton’s first-choice goalkeeper in 2006, after having a somewhat disjointed spell at Manchester United. His efforts have not quite been enough to help the Toffees to reach the Champions League, but during his time he has been part of the side that has reached the latter stages of the Europa League, as well as making 271 Premier League appearances, and even scoring a goal.
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