Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now (Part 1)

15—Jose Torres
Torres’s performance has been up and down during the recent USMNT, but he is still one of the best hopes for the Americans to have r a true “playmaking” midfielder. His inclusion in this list while not playing at his best is a testament to how shallow the American pool really is.

14—Sacha Kljestan
Kljestan has quietly rising to become a consistent performer for Anderlecht in the Belgian League and has been picking up to Europa League—and now Champions League. We all expect him to be called back into the USMNT camp sooner rather than later.

13—Jermaine Jones
On pure talent, Jones is probably sixth or seventh position on this list despite his propensity to do stupid things on the field. Both his club and internationally, have given him popular reputations as a dirty player and a hothead.

12—Maurice Edu
The former Rangers midfielder—now playing at Stoke City—is a consistent, if not flashy player. He always brings in an honest shift and is versatile enough that he can be called upon to compete in the back line when needed.

11—Danny Williams
This rating is probably a little high just because Williams has been had a few solid games recently for the USMNT. Besides, he has been a frequent call-up for the USMNT under Jurgen Klinsmann and the team has competed better with him in the lineup than without. The USMNT has won 62 percent of their games with Williams in the lineup under Klinsmann’s guidance. By comparison, Klinsmann’s has won 50 percent overall.

10—Herculez Gomez
It may not always be pretty, but the fact of the matter is, Herculez Gomez’ ability to score goals has made him a valuable player for both his clubs and his country. He has three goals in seven starts under Klinsmann’s guidance and has become trusted by the USMNT manager because of his honest effort every time he plays on the field.