USA footballers who have played in England’s top flight

Chelsea have signed young American forward Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £58million.

Pulisic becomes the latest footballer from the United States to ply his trade in England.

The 20-year-old joins three others from his homeland currently playing in the Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin at Newcastle, Tim Ream at Fulham and Danny Williams at Huddersfield.

Here, Football Paradise takes a look at a selection of other notable USA footballers who have played in England’s top flight.

John Harkes

Harkes arrived as a midfielder pre-Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday in 1990 and went on to represent West Ham and Derby as well as the Owls, scoring five goals in the top flight.

Brad Friedel

Goalkeeper Friedel played for four different Premier League sides between 1997 and 2015, and holds the league record for most consecutive appearances with 310, Friedel also scored a goal from open play for Blackburn in the 2003-04 season.

Brad Friedel, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper
Brad Friedel, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper (Martin Rickett/PA)

Clint Dempsey

The US’s top goalscorer played in the Premier League between 2007 and 2013 for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 57 times in total and became the youngest American to appear in a major European final in 2010 for Fulham in the Europa League.

Tim Howard

One of the most successful players from the States, Howard won an FA Community Shield, FA Cup and League Cup title during a five-year spell with Manchester United before moving to Everton in 2006, where he played for a further 10 years, scoring once.

Landon Donovan

Winger Donovan spent two loan periods with Everton in the Premier League, in 2010 and 2012, managing seven assists and scoring two goals, the Merseyside club tried to sign the winger but his parent club, LA Galaxy refused.

Landon Donovan playing for Everton
Landon Donovan playing for Everton (Peter Byrne/PA)

Brad Guzan

Guzan was another American goalkeeper to make his name in the English top-flight, and spent eight seasons at Aston Villa, between 2008 and 2016, making 144 appearances, for much of his time at Villa, Guzan was used as a reserve to fellow countryman Friedel.

Brian McBride

The striker had already had loan spells at Preston and Everton when he arrived at Fulham in 2004 where he quickly became a fans favourite, making 140 appearances and scoring 33 goals and being named captain in 2007.

Kasey Keller

Keller joins Guzan, Friedel and Howard on this list as another goalkeeper from the US to feature in the Premier League, for Tottenham between 2001 and 2005 and also for Fulham in the 2007-08 season, playing a total of 98 times in the league.

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