Landon Donovan’s USMNT career may have ended unceremoniously as Jurgen Klinsmann dumped him from the 2014 World Cup squad, but he is arguably the greatest American player of all time. He is the joint top-scorer in the national team’s history, won the Golden Ball in the 2013 Gold Cup, and scored three goals in the 2010 World Cup, including that goal against Algeria.
With Dempsey considered in midfield, the other forward positions are a little more difficult to prise open, so I have opted for arguably the most talented USMNT player of the decade, Christian Pulisic, and the most consistent striker, Jozy Altidore.
Pulisic may have only burst onto the scene in the latter years of the decade, but he is already a two-time U.S. Male Player of the Year and set a number of youthful records, including: the youngest USMNT player to score in the modern era, the youngest American player to score a brace, the youngest player to captain the U.S. and the youngest American player to score in World Cup qualifying. Altidore, meanwhile, scored more goals than any other player this decade with 24 in total. That is more than enough to see him included.
And so, there we have it. The USMNT Team of the Decade. Let’s hope the 2020 version is more impressive.