Career years: 1988-2008
Clubs: San Diego Nomads, San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, 1. FC Saarbrücken, VfL Bochum, San Jose Clash, León, Miami Fusion, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, Bakersfield Brigade
Accolades: Honda US Player of the Decade for the 1990s, CONCACAF All-Decade Team of the 1990s, National Soccer Hall of Fame member
Eric Wynalda may get a lot of shit for his blasé analysis on Fox Soccer Channel, but at one point, he was the best player on an American World Cup team. When he retired from the national team in 2000, he was its all-time leading scorer (a record that stood until 2008), and was one of only three Americans to play in three World Cups. The 1990s were a dry time for the United States in international soccer for sure, but Wynalda spent five productive years in Germany, never letting the lowly status of American soccer stop him from seeking out opportunities abroad.