Over the years, the US men’s national team has produced a number of prolific goalscorers, many of whom managed to consistently find the net despite not being out and out strikers. Here’s a list of players with the most number of goals for the US national team.
Top Goalscorers for the United States Men’s National Team
DaMarcus Beasley, 17 goals
That this versatile star even makes this list is a marvel in itself — DaMarcus Beasley spent most of his career alternating between left winger and left wing-back. The former PSV and Manchester City man scored his first goal against South Korea in the 2002 Gold Cup and did not look back from there. While most of his goals came in Gold Cups and during World Cup qualification, he also managed to net one in a World Cup — against Ghana in the 2006 edition.
Michael Bradley, 17 goals
While Michael Bradley may no longer be one of the first names on the team sheet for the US national team, there was a time when the veteran midfielder was a key player. And his ability to find the back of the net was a big reason for that. His seventeen goals are spread out over eleven years — proof of his ability to regularly find the net. One of his most memorable goals came in the 2010 World Cup when he scored the equaliser in a group game against Slovenia.
Eddie Johnson, 19 goals
Eddie Johnson’s USA career will always be thought of as a case of what might have been. When the striker started his national team career in electrifying fashion, with a hattrick in just his second game, expectations were naturally high. That he only went on to score 16 more international goals in the next ten years indicate that he did not live up to his billing. His career ended in tragic fashion as he was forced to retire due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition.
Bruce Murray, 21 goals
Bruce Murray started his USA career during an era that was quite different from most of the people on this list. His debut came in 1985 when football was still a minor sport in the US. A year later, he managed to net against Uruguay in a 1-1 draw. By the time, the 1990 World Cup came along, Murray had become such an important part of the team that he had a hand in both goals that USA scored in the tournament — scoring one and assisting the other. However, he was not able to play in a home World Cup four years later, having retired due to concussion-related issues.
Joe-Max Moore, 24 goals
Joe-Max Moore started with the US national team while still a college student in 1992 and scored his first goal the following year, in a friendly against Denmark. One of his most memorable goals for the national team came during a friendly against Argentina in 1999. Moore’s goal ended up being the winner for USA.
Brian McBride, 29 goals
Current national team manager McBride is also one of USA’s icons in football. He scored USA’s only goal in the 1998 World Cup, against Iran. He then found the net four years later, becoming the first player from the country to score in successive World Cups.
Eric Wynlda, 34 goals
Wynlda was an inspiration to an entire generation of American footballers, becoming one of the first players from the country to play professionally in Europe. He was also prolific in front of goal for his national team, finding the net an impressive 34 times. He scored one of the most memorable goals of the 1994 World Cup against Switzerland — a freekick from 28 yards — and then went on to score against both Argentina and Chile in the Copa America a year later.
Jozy Altidore, 42 goals
Jozy Altidore may very well end up being higher in this list by the time he’s done. He made his international debut in 2007 while still a teenager and has been everpresent for USA since. He was one of the scorers when USA memorably beat Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup.
Landon Donovan, 57 goals
Landon Donovan showed some early promise in a USA shirt, winning the Golden Ball at the U-17 World Cup in 1999, and it is fair to say he hasn’t disappointed. The most memorable ones of his long list of international goals came in the 2010 World Cup. His goals against Slovenia and Algeria enabled USA to finish top of their group.
Clint Dempsey, 57 goals
Joint top, alongside Donovan, in the scoring charts is former Fulham and Tottenham player Clint Dempsey. Since making his debut for USA in 2004, Dempsey has found the net for his national team in every calendar year since. One of his most memorable moments for the national team came in the 2014 World Cup when he scored just 29 seconds in to the match against Ghana — the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history.