In Soccer America 12 years ago: When 14 Americans played in the English Premier League

Brian McBride, who scored a career 36 EPL goals, was on our cover in 2007 when more than a dozen Americans played in the English Premier League. They included three goalkeepers: Brad Friedel, Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann. The 2006-07 season was also the last of 13 years in Europe for Claudio Reyna, who joined the New York Red Bulls in 2007 after playing in Germany, Scotland and EPL teams Sunderland and Manchester City.

5 comments about "In Soccer America 12 years ago: When 14 Americans played in the English Premier League".
  1. Bob Ashpole, March 21, 2019 at 8:41 a.m.

    Interesting reminder. Now we get excited about a MNT including players who may someday play matches in a top European league. This feels like 1994 deja vu--one cycle after a partly amateur team went to Italia '90.

  2. Right Winger, March 21, 2019 at 12:27 p.m.

    My question is what happened between then and now.

  3. Mike Belforte, March 21, 2019 at 12:42 p.m.

    I'd say we're way beyond 1994. That team was still mostly college players, except John Harkes and maybe one or two others.  While we don't have as many in the EPL, we have a lot more in the Bundesliga and Liga MX than before.  The '94, '98 and other teams certainly didn't have guys rostered at PSG, Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Dortmund, Schalke, Newcastle etc. (although some are out on loan).  In addition, MLS and youth development are stronger now, so you see guys like Tyler Adams and Zach Steffen moving to Europe.  Aside from Steffen though, not sure what happened to all our goalkeeping talent.  I think we'll see good things in the coming years...

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, March 21, 2019 at 5:57 p.m.

    Rostered is not playing in the league.

  5. Right Winger, March 21, 2019 at 1:27 p.m.

    Mike there is a big difference in being there and being there and consistently making a difference.

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