U.S. Soccer

In an effort to create a fair and reasonable process to determine the All-Time Best XI, U.S. Soccer appointed a Committee of soccer historians and former players, coaches and administrators at the National Team level.

After discussion, the Committee determined the list of eligible players available for selection to the Best XI. That list of players is below.

The Committee also selected the list of Voters that will cast ballots for the Best XI. The Voters will select their Best XI by position, choosing a single goalkeeper, 3-4 defenders, 3-4 midfielders and 2-3 forwards. The ballots will be added and the players in each position obtaining the most votes will be named to the All-Time Best XI. The Voters are comprised of former players, coaches and administrators, as well as media members.

The Committee set the criteria to be considered by the voters, which you can find here.

  1. Starter or key contributor to overall success on the field, especially in World Cups.
  2. Longevity, overall performance and talent on the field with the U.S. Men’s or Women’s National Team.
  3. Impact on the legacy of the U.S. Men’s or Women’s National Team program


Goalkeepers (7)

Player Caps Goals Era World Cup
Borghi, Frank 9 0 1949-1954 1950
Friedel, Brad 82 0 1992-2004 1994, 1998, 2002
Howard, Tim 84 0 2002-2012 2006, 2010
Keller, Kasey 102 0 1990-2007 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006
Mausser, Arnold 35 0 1975-1985
Meola, Tony 100 0 1988-2006 1990, 1994, 2002
Vanole, David 13 0 1986-1989 1990

Defenders (23)

Player Caps Goals Era World Cup
Agoos, Jeff 134 4 1988-2003 1998, 2002
Armstrong, Desmond 81 0 1987-1994 1990
Balboa, Marcelo 127 13 1988-2000 1990, 1994, 1998
Banks, Jimmy 36 0 1985-1991 1990
Berhalter, Gregg 44 0 1994-2006 2002, 2006
Bliss, Brian 33 2 1984-1995 1990
Bocanegra, Carlos 110 14 2001-2012 2006, 2010
Burns, Mike 75 0 1992-1998 1994, 1998
Caligiuri, Paul 110 5 1984-1997 1990, 1994
Cherundolo, Steve 87 2 1999-2012 2002, 2006, 2010
Clavijo, Fernando 61 0 1990-1994 1994
Dooley, Thomas 81 7 1992-1999 1994, 1998
Doyle, John 53 3 1987-1994 1990
Hejduk, Frankie 85 7 1996-2009 1998, 2002
Keough, Harry 19 1 1949-1957 1950
Lalas, Alexi 96 9 1989-1998 1994, 1998
Lapper, Mike 43 1 1991-1995 1994
Mastroeni, Pablo 65 0 2001-2009 2002, 2006
Onyewu, Oguchi 66 6 2004-2012 2006, 2010
Pope, Eddie 82 8 1996-2006 1998, 2002, 2006
Roth, Werner 15 0 1972-1975
Sanneh, Tony 43 3 1997-2005 2002
Windischmann, Mike 50 0 1984-1990 1990

Midfielders (23)

Player Caps Goals Era World Cup
Armas, Chris 66 2 1998-2005
Bahr, Walter 19 1 1948-1957 1950
Bachmeier, Adolf 15 0 1959-1969
Beasley, DaMarcus 97 17 2001-2012 2002, 2006, 2010
Bradley, Michael 72 11 2006-2012 2010
Davis, Rick 35 7 1977-1988
Dempsey, Clint 91 30 2004-2012 2006, 2010
Donovan, Landon 144 49 2000-2012 2002, 2006, 2010
Harkes, John 90 6 1987-2000 1990, 1994
Henderson, Chris 79 3 1990-2001 1990
Jones, Cobi 164 15 1992-2004 1994, 1998, 2002
Lewis, Eddie 82 10 1996-2008 2002, 2006
Moore, Joe-Max 100 24 1992-2002 1994, 1998, 2002
O'Brien, John 32 3 1998-2006 2002, 2006
Perez, Hugo 73 13 1984-1994 1994
Quinn, Brian 48 1 1991-1994
Radosavljevic, Preki 28 4 1996-2001 1998
Ramos, Tab 81 8 1988-2000 1990, 1994, 1998
Reyna, Claudio 112 8 1994-2006 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Sorber, Mike 67 2 1992-1998 1994
Souza, Ed 7 1 1947-1954 1950
Souza, John 16 2 1947-1952 1950
Trost, Al 14 1 1971-1978

Forwards (21)

Player Caps Goals Era World Cup
Altidore, Jozy 52 13 2007-2012 2010
Brown, David 3 4 1925-1926
Ching, Brian 45 11 2003-2010 2006
Donelli, Aldo “Buff” 2 5 1934 1934
Gaetjens, Joseph 3 1 1950 1950
Gonsalves, Billy 6 1 1930-1934 1930, 1934
Klopas, Frank 39 12 1987-1998 1994
Lassiter, Roy 30 4 1992-2000
Looby, Bill 9 6 1954-1959
Mathis, Clint 46 12 1998-2005 2002
McBride, Brian 95 30 1993-2006 1998, 2002, 2006
Murray, Bruce 85 21 1985-1993 1990
Patenaude, Bert 4 6 1930 1930
Rote, Kyle, Jr. 5 0 1973-1975
Roy, Willy 20 9 1965-1973
Stark, Archie 2 4 1925
Stewart, Earnie 101 17 1990-2004 1994, 1998, 2002
Vermes, Peter 66 11 1988-1997 1990
Wegerle, Roy 41 7 1992-1997 1994, 1998
Wolff, Josh 52 9 1999-2008 2002, 2006
Wynalda, Eric 106 34 1990-2000 1990, 1994, 1998
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