Career years: 1987-2002
Clubs: San Diego Nomads, San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, Colorado Foxes, León, Colorado Rapids, MetroStars
Accolades: 2x U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, National Soccer Hall of Fame member
When the USSF announced its All-Time XI in 2013, Marcelo Balboa was the leading vote getter out of all defenders, cementing his place in USMNT history. Balboa never tested his talents in Europe, preferring to stay an MLS man through and through (bar one season in Mexico). Although he was a centreback, he was never short of technical ability. Known for his bicycle kick attempts, this outrageous bicycle was the MLS Goal of the Year in 2000
Balboa was the anchor of the USMNT defense in the 1990s, becoming the most capped player in the nation's history at one point. For a decade, he was basically the first name on the teamsheet, which is never a distinction to be taken lightly.