May 27, 2024

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American keepers who discovered luck in England

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If there’s one place the place American football avid gamers have automatically discovered luck in another country, and now not had any “Yankee” stigma apply them round, it’s at goalkeeper. A number of United States males’s nationwide workforce goalkeepers have had lengthy remains in Europe, particularly within the Premier League.

The infatuation with arguably the sector’s best home league has been so obvious for america contingent that each and every beginning goalkeeper for the USMNT in a International Cup because the first season of Main League Football in 1996 has performed for an English membership on the time of the contest — apart from for one, who simply left the UK. Sure, that’s most effective 3 avid gamers because the backstop at 5 International Cups — Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard. That streak would’ve most probably been damaged in 2018 via Brad Guzan, who signed with Atlanta United the 12 months prior after a decade of taking part in in England. Just one downside: america didn’t qualify for the newest match. Thank you, Trinidad & Tobago.

The switch window doesn’t shut for some other seven weeks however some of the 4 goalkeepers with any probability to begin the USMNT’s upcoming International Cup opener towards Wales on Nov. 21, most effective Sean Johnson doesn’t play for an English workforce, suiting up for New York Town FC. And he’s an extended shot.

Any other version to the USMNT-to-England pipeline was once added this week with 18-year-old Gabriel Slonina, reportedly having a verbal settlement in position with Chelsea. Slonina hasn’t been capped via the Yanks but, however is a stylish select to be the USMNT’s beginning goalkeeper for the 2026 International Cup. Right here’s a deep have a look at American goalkeepers who’ve performed within the Premier League. 

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