Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now (Part 2)

Geoff Cameron
The former Houston Dynamo player has had a near-meteoric rise over the past year, turning a solid MLS season into a January USMNT call-up and then a move to England. He is now member of Stoke City, in his first two games he played as a central midfielder, Cameron’s smarts on the ball and physical prowess make him valuable in a number of positions.

Carlos Bocanegra
Is Bocanegra more than a few years on the wrong side of 30? Yep. Is he still invaluable to the USMNT? Yep.

Bocanegra’s leadership on the U.S. backline is one of those intangibles you only notice when he’s not on the field. Like in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica.

In addition, Bocanegra had been an integral part of every club he’s ever played for: From the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, Fulham in the English Premier League, Rennes and Saint-Etienne in the French League, Rangers in the Scottish Premier League to Racing Santander in Spain.

Brad Friedel
Friedel has been retired from USMNT duty for a few years now, but the man dubbed “The Human Wall” for his performance with the U.S. in the 2002 World Cup is still going strong on the club front.

At the age of 41, Friedel has been an integral part of his team’s success at Blackburn, Aston Villa and now Tottenham, and holds the EPL record for most consecutive appearances.

Steve Cherundolo
At 33 years old, fans are always talking about how Cherundolo is nearing the end of his career, but the fact is, as Tuesday showed, he’s still getting it done.

The “Mayor of Hannover” captains his side in the German Bundesliga, no small accomplishment, and continues to beat out all comers for his spot in the USMNT’s starting 11.

Landon Donovan
Some fans have begun to sour on Donovan due to his less frequent, and to be fair, less impressive outings with the Nats over the past year. But Donovan is still one of the best American players and the most dominant players in MLS despite the league’s growth and improvement over the last decade. While he admits that he no longer has the passion for the game he once had, when he is in the mood, he can still put in a world-class performance, as he did last May.