With the World Cup taking place this month in Brazil, we came up with a list of the top 5 U.S.-born soccer players. We asked our own Mr. Soccer, Bill McDermott, to offer his thoughts on each selection.

5. Brian McBride: The most gifted forward ever to play for the United States, either with the ball at his feet, playing with his back to goal, or in the air. Especially in the air, where he had no equal. The first American to score at two World Cups – 1998 and 2002. A star in the English Premier League for Fulham as well. In short, world class.

OAKLAND, UNITED STATES:  United States Eric Wynalda celebrates after scoring a goal against Cuba during the first round of the Concacaf Gold Cup in Oakland, California, 01 February. The United States defeated Cuba, 3-0. AFP PHOTO Monica M.  DAVEY (MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Eric Wynalda (MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Eric Wynalda: Scored the very first goal in MLS history in 1996 – and many more for club and country.  Most dangerous when he was running at defenders, coming from a wide position, and then finishing with clinical efficiency.  His goal-scoring ability — and influencing the outcomes of games — are legendary.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 14:  Claudio Reyna #10 of the New York Red Bulls handles the ball against the New England Revolution on July 14, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images for Red Bulls)

Claudio Reyna (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images for Red Bulls)

3. Claudio Reyna: The consummate midfielder for the United States and one of the absolute main reasons the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup. He influenced every game he played in and is the best overall #10 shirt to ever play for our country.

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 25:  Former player Tab Ramos plays the ball during the MLS All-Star Game - Legends Game on July 25, 2011 at Harrison Fields in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Tab Ramos (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

2. Tab Ramos: Smooth and calm on the ball and best-known for his attacking creativity. He brought a real cosmopolitan flair to the United States National Team and continues to influence young players in our country. Stays involved at crucial young ages of National Team players.

Landon Donovan of the US celebrates after the US defeated Panama 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago.    (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Landon Donovan (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

1. Landon Donovan: The face of the sport in our country for years and for good reason.  156 games for the United States and 57 goals, many of them crucial World Cup goals.  The most complete American player to ever wear a United States National Team uniform.


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