21 Dec 2013

Donovan tops poll for US all-time Best XI

1:49 pm on 21 December 2013

United States' record goalscorer Landon Donovan has topped the voting in a poll to choose the US all-time Best XI for the national federation's 100th anniversary celebrations.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward, who has played for Bayer Leverkusen and on loan at Bayern Munich and Everton, got 52 votes from a committee of historians, ex-players, coaches and the media.

Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders, second top scorer on the all-time list with 36 goals for his country behind Donovan's 57, is the only other Best XI player still representing the US.

The 30-year-old Dempsey, who joined the Sounders last August from Tottenham Hotspur, will return to his former English Premier League club club Fulham on loan in January.

Team (Position, name, years played):

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel (1992-2004)

Defenders: Marcelo Balboa (1988-2000), Carlos Bocanegra (2001-2012), Steve Cherundolo (1999-2012), Eddie Pope (1996-2006)

Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (2004-present), Landon Donovan (2000-present), Tab Ramos (1988-2000), Claudio Reyna (1994-2006)

Forwards: Brian McBride (1993-2006), Eric Wynalda (1990-2000)