If there’s one place the place American soccer gamers have routinely discovered success abroad, and never had any “Yankee” stigma comply with them round, it’s at goalkeeper. A number of United States males’s nationwide group goalkeepers have had lengthy stays in Europe, particularly within the Premier League.
The infatuation with arguably the world’s prime home league has been so obvious for the US contingent that each beginning goalkeeper for the USMNT in a World Cup for the reason that first season of Main League Soccer in 1996 has performed for an English membership on the time of the competitors — aside from one, who simply left the UK. Sure, that’s solely three gamers because the backstop at 5 World Cups — Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard. That streak would’ve probably been damaged in 2018 by Brad Guzan, who signed with Atlanta United the yr prior after a decade of enjoying in England. Just one downside: the US didn’t qualify for the latest match. Thanks, Trinidad & Tobago.
The switch window doesn’t shut for one more seven weeks however among the many 4 goalkeepers with any likelihood to begin the USMNT’s upcoming World Cup opener in opposition to Wales on Nov. 21, solely Sean Johnson doesn’t play for an English group, suiting up for New York Metropolis FC. And he’s an extended shot.
One other version to the USMNT-to-England pipeline was added this week with 18-year-old Gabriel Slonina, reportedly having a verbal settlement in place with Chelsea. Slonina hasn’t been capped by the Yanks but, however is a classy decide to be the USMNT’s beginning goalkeeper for the 2026 World Cup. Right here’s a deep have a look at American goalkeepers who’ve performed within the Premier League.