Career years: 1994-2012
Clubs: Milwaukee Rampage, VfL Wolfsburg, Columbus Crew, Preston North End, Everton, Fulham, Chicago Fire, Wembley
Accolades: 2x Fulham Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame member, 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup MVP
Along with Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride was one of the most effective American players in Europe in the early-2000s. In many respects, the duo paved the way for more American players to seek employment overseas—they were trailblazers, but not because of their nationality alone. McBride, in particular, was simply a successful European striker. He was playing regularly in the English Premier League when many of the United States' best outfield players were still unable to attract top-flight European suitors.
But most of all, McBride was beloved. As Fulham's captain, scored 33 goals in 140 appearances, and is still revered in southwest London. No other American player garners as much European adoration as McBride still does. McBride's currently the USMNT's third all-time leading scorer with 30 goals, making him one of the greatest American footballers for club and country.