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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.

Those missed the cut of “Best American Soccer Players in the World Right Now”

The not so amused part about your favorite team being an international team is the time players return to club football and the month-long wait until the next season of games.

As those Americans who were called up to the United States Male National Team return to their clubs, and those who weren’t called up got their breaks, let’s take a look at some that just missed the cut of the list “best American footballers in the world right now”.

To be honest, it’s easier to name the first 10 or 11 players, the rest of the competition gets pretty tight. So, let’s take a moment and recognize some of those who didn’t quite make the list, still they are certainly some of the top Americans out there right now.

Clarence Goodson—Goodson is a frequent USMNT call-up player and the current captain of Brondby in the Danish League. He certainly isn’t famous, but always puts in an honest style and is a constant offensive threat to opponents.

Eric Lichaj—For the past year, Lichaj has been making his way into the starting lineup at Aston Villa with more and more frequency. Jurgen Klinsmann is definitely worth to notice.

Graham Zusi—At 26, Zusi has long seen as a hot prospect, but if his performance keeps getting better, he is about to hit his full potential.

Josh Gatt—The speedy 21-year-old winger for Molde got his first USMNT call-up just before having to drop out of the squad due to injury. Surely, he is one of the best American youngsters playing football out there.

Terrence Boyd—The 21-year-old Rapid Vienna forward just begins coming into his own and is off to a red-hot start with his club. It’s only a matter of time until he turns out to be a huge star with the USMNT.

Jozy Altidore—His club form over the past year has been more than solid that get him to USMNT frequently.

Brief introduction of American Football (Part 1)

American Football is one of the biggest and most famous sport in Northern America. Whilst the game is enjoyed and played worldwide, the professional leagues in North America (such as the NFL) easily attract the best footballers in the world making it the most competitive league. The pinnacle of the sport comes in the form of the Super Bowl completed every year for millions of people around the world to enjoy.

Object of the Game

The object of American football is to score the most points possible or at least more than your opponents in the allotted time. To do this players must lead the ball down the pitch in phases of play before eventually moving the ball into the ‘end zone’ for a touchdown. This can be achieved by either transfering the ball to a teammate or running with the ball till the end zone.

Each team gets 4 chances (downs) to run with the ball within 10 yards forward. Once they get over the 10 yards their downs reset and they begin again for another 10 yards. After 4 downs have passed and they haven’t success to make it over the 10 yards required, the ball will be turned over to the other team.

Players & Equipment

Whilst there are only 11 players from each team on the field in each match, an American football team actually consists of 45 players. The teams are commonly divided into three groups of attacking (generally stronger, smaller, faster type of players, including a quarterback who is responsible for running the attacking plays and throwing the ball to their teammates), defence (larger, more powerful players responsible for stopping players from running) and special team players (responsible for the kicking and punting side of the game with a combination of larger and faster players).

An American football field is generally about 100 yards long and 160 yards wide. Lines are drawn on the field at 10 yard interval to show how far each team has to move before reaching the end zone. The end zones are designed at each end of the pitch and are approximately 20 yards in length. Posts are also set up at each end of which the kicker moves the ball over.