Landon Donovan top vote-getter on all-time U.S. soccer team

Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan brings the ball up the field on Nov. 3.
(Gus Ruelas / Associated Press)

Landon Donovan was a near-unanimous choice to U.S. Soccer’s all-time First XI, chosen by a panel of former players, administrators and journalists.

Donovan, the national team’s all-time leader in goals and assists, was named on 52 of the 57 ballots. He was paired at midfield on the all-star team with Clint Dempsey, the only other current national team player chosen.

Former Galaxy standout Cobi Jones, the national team’s all-time leader in appearances, finished sixth in the balloting at midfield.


Longtime national team captain Carlos Bocanegra of Chivas USA was one of four defenders chosen, alongside two-time World Cup veteran Steve Cherundolo. Former UCLA keeper Brad Friedel, a three-time World Cup player, was selected over Kasey Keller and Tim Howard in goal.

The two forwards were Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda, both of whom are now teamed as studio commentators for Fox television.

The team (with years played)

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel 1992-2004

Defender: Marcelo Balboa 1988-2000; Carlos Bocanegra 2001-2012; Steve Cherundolo 1999-2012; - Eddie Pope 1996-2006 (33 votes)

Midfielder: Clint Dempsey 2004-present; Landon Donovan 2000-present; Tab Ramos 1988-2000; Claudio Reyna 1994-2006 (45 votes)

Forward: Brian McBride 1993-2006; Eric Wynalda 1990-2000


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