Career years: 1994-2008
Clubs: Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City, New York Red Bulls
Accolades: FIFA World Cup All Star Team, Scottish Premier League Champion
Claudio Reyna is a true rarity when it comes to Americans beginning their professional soccer careers—he started out in Europe, and came to the MLS at the very end. Usually, European stints for Americans are sandwiched between life in the MLS. At VfL Wolfsburg, he became the first American to captain a European club, but it was with Scottish club Rangers where he became one of the most versatile and effective American soccer players ever. Reyna played all over the pitch, from the No. 10 position, to the No. 6, and even as a fullback—he had the technical ability and skillset to adapt and thrive wherever.
Reyna's career, however, was constantly besieged by leg injuries. He always had the talent to play at a high level for some of the best teams in the world, but he only made 30+ club appearances in four seasons across his career. Thanks to injuries, his career remains a bit of a "what if?" in American soccer, but he was so damn good when he did play that the former USMNT captain will always be held in only the highest regard in American soccer circles.