During the 2022-23 Premier League season, Americans Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, and Weston McKennie all played for a Leeds United team that at one point was led by, you guessed it, American coach Jesse Marsch.

This isn’t the first crop of American players in the Premier League. However, the U.S. influx has grown exponentially over the latter half of Premier League history. In the top 10 list that follows, notice the abundance of more recent Premier League players.

How many Americans play in the Premier League?

Current U.S. players in the Premier League include Leeds midfielders Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, and Weston McKennie, who also play for the USMNT. They are joined by Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner, Chelsea midfielder/winger Christian Pulisic, Fulham defenders Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream, and Crystal Palace defender Chris Richards.

All of these men played for the U.S. at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Top 10 Best U.S. Soccer Players in the Premier League

  1. Tyler Adams

Position: Midfielder
Years Active: 2015 to present
Teams: New York Red Bulls, RB Leipzig, Leeds United
Awards: 2022 DFB Pokal Championship (2021-22), U.S. Soccer Player of the Year (2022)

Adams, a native of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., debuted for the Red Bulls at age 16 and never looked back -- earning a move to German-sister club RB Leipzig a few years later. He scored the winning goal against Atletico Madrid in the 2020 Champions League quarterfinals.

The only active American in the EPL on this list, Adams had an impressive first season with Leeds United. A late-season injury limited him to 22 appearances, and Leeds seems destined for the drop.

Adams is linked to Manchester United if Leeds is relegated. Look for him to move up this list in years to come.

  1. Geoff Cameron

Position: Defender
Years Active: 2005 to 2022
Teams: Rhode Island Stingrays, Houston Dynamo, Stoke City, Queens Park Rangers, FC Cincinnati 

Geoff Cameron, who grew up in Attleboro, Mass., starred at the University of Rhode Island before being selected by the Houston Dynamo in the third round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.

Four years later, the defender was off to Stoke City, playing 168 times for the Potters from 2012 to 2018 as they finished in the top half of the table three times. Cameron is a quintessential “cold, wet night in Stoke” defender.

Cameron played 55 times for the USMNT and started three games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

  1. Brad Guzan

Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active: 2004 to present
Teams: Chicago Fire Premier, Chivas USA, Aston Villa, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Atlanta United
Awards: CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship (2007, 2017, 2021), MLS Cup Championship (2018), MLS All-Star (2018, 2019), Aston Villa Player of the Season (2012-13)

Growing up in a Chicago suburb, Guzan starred for now-defunct MLS Club Chivas USA before getting a big-money move ($1 million) to the Premier League’s Aston Villa club in 2009. Guzan was 24 at the time, and his first few seasons were marked by the occasional Europa League appearance.

Guzan became the Villains’ No. 1 goalkeeper in 2012 and promptly won the team’s Player of the Season award. He would play four full seasons as Villa’s No. 1 and one more as Middlesbrough’s starter.

Stuck behind Tim Howard in the U.S. Men’s National Team depth chart, Guzan became America’s No. 1 when Howard took a post-2014 World Cup break. He won the Golden Glove at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. finished fourth.

  1. Tim Ream

Position: Defender
Years Active: 2008 to present
Teams: Chicago Fire Premier, New York Red Bulls, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham
Awards: CONCACAF Nations League championship (2019-20), EFL Championship (2021-22), EFL Championship Team of the Year (2021-22)

Ream was born in St. Louis and attended local Saint Louis University. After his successful stint with the New York Red Bulls, the diminutive center-back received a $4 million bid from Bolton of the Premier League.

He moved to Fulham in 2015 and is a regular on a team that has bounced up and down between the Championship and Premier League. Finishing in the top half of the 2022-23 Premier League season will see Fulham remain in the league for back-to-back seasons. He is joined at Fulham by USMNT defender Antonee Robinson.

Having been in and out of the U.S. Men’s National Team, Ream solidified himself as a starter at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He started every game alongside Walker Zimmerman in the Americans’ back four.

  1. Brian McBride

Position: Striker
Years Active: 1994 to 2010
Teams: Milwaukee Rampage, VfL Wolfsburg, Columbus Crew, Preston North End, Everton, Fulham, Chicago Fire
Awards: CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship (2002), CONCACAF Gold Cup MVP (2002), Fulham Player of the Year (2005, 2006), National Soccer Hall of Fame (2014)

Like Ream, Brian McBride attended Saint Louis University and played for Fulham in the Premier League. Born in Arlington Heights, Ill., the striker started his European tour in Germany with Wolfsburg and returned to the MLS before eventually settling at Fulham in 2003.

McBride scored 37 Premier League goals (33 for Fulham) to help keep the Cottagers in the Premier League during his five seasons in London.

The Illinois native played in three World Cups for the USMNT (1998, 2002, 2006), and captained the Stars and Stripes at the 2008 Olympics. He scored 30 times in 95 appearances.

  1. Kasey Keller

Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active: 1989 to 2011
Teams: Portland Timbers, Millwall, Leicester City, Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Borussia Monchengladbach, Fulham, Seattle Sounders FC
Awards: CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007), EFL League Cup Championship (1996-97), U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year (1997, 1999, 2005)

Born in Olympia, Wash., Keller had a long and successful career at the highest level of European football. His 201 Premier League appearances are the fourth-most all-time. He spent three seasons with Leicester, three more with Tottenham, one on loan at Southampton, and a final one with Fulham.

Keller and fellow USMNT stalwart Brad Friedel often battled for the team’s No. 1 goaltending spot throughout much of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Keller backed up Tony Meola at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and started at the 1998 edition, shutting out Brazil with 10 saves.

Making 102 caps for the USMNT, Keller became one of the first two men (along with Claudio Reyna) to play on four U.S. World Cup teams.

  1. Christian Pulisic

Position: Winger/Midfielder
Years Active: 2016 to present
Teams: Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea
Awards: UEFA Champions League Championship (2020-21), UEFA Super Cup Championship (2021), FIFA Club World Cup Championship (2021), U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year (2017, 2019, 2021) 

Dubbed facetiously the “LeBron James of soccrt,” the Hershey, Pa., native Pulisic moved to Germany at age 15 to join the Borussia Dortmund academy. Debuting for Dortmund less than two years later, he became the youngest Bundesliga player to score two goals in the league.

The American moved to Chelsea in 2019 for a staggering $73 million fee, smashing the previous record. He had a dynamic first season, putting up eight goals/assists in the nine Premier League games after the COVID-19 lockdown. The following season, he scored against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal, a competition Chelsea would ultimately win.

The Pennsylvania boy has already scored 23 goals in 58 games for his country before reaching age 25. He has a current Transfermarkt value of $34.3 million -- tops on this list among American players in the Premier League.

  1. Brad Friedel

Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active: 1995 to 2015
Teams: Brondby, Galatasaray, Columbus Crew, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur
Awards: EFL Cup Championship (2001-02), Turkish Cup Championship (1995-96), Premier League Team of the Year (2002-03) 

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Friedel was an MLS star with the Columbus Crew before earning a $2.8 million move to Liverpool in 1997 -- a large fee for a goalkeeper at the time. He never became the Reds’ No. 1, however, and moved to Blackburn in 2000.

From 2004 to 2012, Friedel started 310 consecutive Premier League games for Blackburn, Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspur -- a Premier League record.

Friedel played 82 times for the USMNT, highlighted by a quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he saved two penalty kicks.

  1. Clint Dempsey 

Position: Forward
Years Active: 2004 to 2018
Teams: New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Seattle Sounders FC
Awards: UEFA Europa League Runner-Up (2009-10), MLS Cup Championship (2016), CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship (2005, 2007, 2017), Fulham Player of the Year (2010-11, 2011-12), U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year (2007, 2011, 2012) 

Yet another star in a proud line of American-born Fulham players, Dempsey, a native of Nacogdoches, Texas, left the New England Revolution to join the London-based Premier League club in 2006 for $4 million.

The striker’s highlights for the Cottagers include a 17 goal-haul during the 2011-12 season and a beautiful outside-the-box chipped goal against Juventus in the 2010 Europa League quarterfinals, which was part of Fulham’s shocking run to that year’s Europa League final.

As a member of the USMNT, his 57 goals are tied with Landon Donovan for the most of all time. Which soccer player is nicknamed “Captain America?” It’s Clint Dempsey.

  1. Tim Howard

Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active: 1997 to 2021
Teams: North Jersey Imperials, MetroStars, Manchester United, Everton, Colorado Rapids, Memphis 901
Awards: FA Cup Championship (2003-04), Premier League Team of the Year (2003-04), CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship (2007, 2017), U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year (2008, 2014) 

The highest-ranked of the four goalkeepers on this list, Howard, a native of New Brunswick, N.J., originally broke out for the MetroStars, his local MLS club. After consecutive MLS Best XI appearances, in 2003 he earned a $4 million dollar move to Manchester United, becoming the Red Devils’ No. 1 goalkeeper during a season that saw them finish third in the Premier League.

Howard became a staple at Everton in 2006, starting 354 league games for the club until 2016. He even scored for the Toffees, launching one from 100 yards in 2012. 

Howard is the most-capped goalkeeper in history as part of a proud line of USMNT showstoppers, playing 121 times for the Stars and Stripes. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, he set a World Cup record by saving 15 goals in a losing effort against Belgium in the Round of 16. His Twitter profession was briefly changed to “US Secretary of Defense.

Parameters of rankings

Rankings were determined based on four factors -- the number of USMNT appearances/caps, the quality of the clubs each player represented, outstanding achievements at the club level, and other notable ahievements.

Note: American Premier League players deserving honorable mention include Landon Donovan, Brendon Aaronson, Carlos Bocanegra, and Claudio Reyna.

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