The United States men’s national team has had many faithful servants over the years with a number of players going on to complete a century of international caps. Here’s a look at the footballers who have played the most number of games for the US national team.
The Most Capped Players for the United States Men’s National Team
Claudio Reyna, 112 caps
The former Manchester City and Sunderland midfielder made his international debut just before USA was due to host the World Cup in 1994. However, he could not play in the tournament due to injury. Reyna more than made up for the disappointment with a stellar career that saw him play in three World Cups and attain iconic status.
Jozy Altidore, 115 caps
Altidore, formerly of Villarreal and Sunderland, is still going strong and will likely be much higher up this list by the time he’s done. He has already played in two World Cups and it is highly likely that he will add one more to the list in 2022. With a place in USA’s all-time highest scorer’s list, Altidore’s national team career has been praiseworthy.
Tim Howard, 121 caps
The former Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper will be best remembered for his superhuman display in USA’s 2014 World Cup game against Belgium where he denied the opponents 15 times. That remains the record for most number of saves made during a World Cup match. Howard would have had many more caps had he not had to play second fiddle to Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller at various stages of his career.
Marcelo Balboa, 123 caps
Balboa made his USA debut in 1988 and soon became a mainstay in the team’s defence. He was a constant presence in the team-sheet during the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and in 1995, became the first USA player to get more than 100 caps for his national team.
DaMarcus Beasley, 126 caps
The only USA footballer to play in four World Cups, Beasley’s international career lies sprawled across sixteen years. He made his debut, aged just 18, in 2001 against China and cemented himself in no time. The left-winger also had a stint as the national team’s captain with USA lifting the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup under his leadership.
Jeff Agoos, 131 caps
Agoos collected 131 caps over his long international career but the defender will be best remembered for the long wait he had to endure to play in a World Cup. After being dropped from the 1994 World Cup squad, he reportedly burned his jersey while he did not get to play a game in 1998. Finally, at the ripe old age of 34, he played in the 2002 World Cup.
Clint Dempsey, 141 caps
Dempsey is regarded as one of the greatest American footballers and for good reason! The former Fulham and Tottenham midfielder became the first American to score in three straight World Cup tournaments in 2014 and is joint-top on the list of players with most goals for the USA national team.
Michael Bradley, 151 caps
After making his international debut in 2006, Bradley has been everpresent for the US national team. Part of the reason why he has made himself indispensable is his versatility — Bradley has been played across all midfield positions over the course of his career and even as a central defender.
Landon Donovan, 157 caps
Donovan first shot to fame winning the Golden Ball at the FIFA U-17 World Championships in 1999 and the senior career that he has had since is evidence that he managed to live up to his potential. The only male American footballer to register 50 goals and 50 assists for the national team, Donovan will be strongly in the frame when discussing the greatest US footballer ever.
Cobi Jones, 162 caps
One of the first Americans to play in the Premier League, Jones was a pathbreaker who paved the way for the likes of Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. The midfielder’s international career spanned twelve years and three World Cups. The 1995 Copa America saw him become a popular player in Latin America, following which he spent some time with Brazilian club Vasco da Gama.