Football (otherwise soccer) in the USA was first introduced by immigrants from Scotland, Germany and Ireland. The game transitioned from the Pasuckuakohowog, (meaning they gather to play ball with their feet) which involved 500 players, to the modern day superb game of football.
The Pasuckuakohowog was more like war, but this was the foundation of soccer in the USA. The game has however seen tremendous improvement in recent years, with the fan base and club football in the country gaining traction. These are the players who defied the odds to turn the less popular game of soccer to the money minting sports engagement it is right now.
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10. Christian Mate Pulisic- Net worth – $1,136,600
18 year old born United States player plays for German team Borussia Dortmund as a forward. Christian Mate has been football all his life as it was passed onto him by his father who would play in indoor soccer games. Mate grew up playing soccer in his hometown Michigan until the age of 16 when he signed for Borussia.
After making his debut, he was called up to play for the first team after scoring 10 goals and assisting 8 goals in 15 games. After his well play he was put in the US under-17 team which he captained scoring a goal and giving an assist in just 3 games. Pulisic is a well prolific number 10 and he dribbles the ball swiftly being able to play on either wing of the field.
9. Jozy Altidore- Net-worth – $4,030,000
27 year old footballer born in the United States plays as a main striker for Toronto Football Club. Josmer Volmy Altidore being his full names made his football career debut in the year 2006 at the age of 16 playing for New York Red Bulls. Altidore grew up playing football in academies as well as for under-17 teams. After his well portrayed debut in 2006 he associated himself with over 8 teams but after recently playing for Sunderland and having a poor goal scoring record he went back to Toronto FC. Jozy Altidore has played for the United States national team for the under-17, under-20, under-23 and 2014 world cup.
8. Brad Friedel- Net-worth – $6,578,000
45 year old American goal-keeper who has recently retired played for English team Tottenham Hotspurs. As a young boy Brad played soccer, basketball and tennis playing exemplary well in all 3 sports. Mostly playing soccer he played as a forward then he would later on switch positions onto goal keeping. Brad had difficulties in being signed as a professional soccer player as he would be denied work permits by various teams.
His long wait came to an end in 1997 when he was signed by Liverpool which would then later open his doors to play for Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and later on Tottenham Hotspurs. For the United States national team Brad is the most capped goalie as he made his debut by keeping a clean sheet against Canada in 1992. He became a first choice goalie for the nation during matches with other teams. He has made 82 appearances for the United States as a well prolific goal keeper over the years.
7. Brad Guzan- Net-worth – $5,720,000
32 year old professional soccer player plays for English Premier league team Middlesborough as a goalkeeper. Born in Illinois he played soccer from his youth age till he decided that he would forgo the rest of his college schooling to sign with Major League Soccer team Chivas. Afterwards he would later be sold to English team Aston Villa where he was granted a work permit that would allow him to play for the team. He later on established himself as a second choice goalie for the US as he would keep clean sheets once given the chance to play.
6. Tim Howard- Net-worth – $8,000,000
37 year old American goalkeeper plays for American club Colorado Rapids recently following a move from English Premier league Everton. In his youth he played soccer and basketball but he would excel in football as a mid-fielder as well as showing great performance on the basketball court. Playing for Metro Stars football club he made 88 appearances which would attract the likes of teams such as Manchester United later on being sold to play for Everton. Howard became the most capped goal keeper for the United States of America with 100 caps. Playing in the world cup he made a record with the most saves totaling up to 16. Howard has published his book which reflects on his life.
5. Landon Donovan- Net-worth – $12,000,000
Landon Timothy Donovan is a 34-year-old American professional footballer who played for American club LA Galaxy. Donovan started playing soccer at the age of 6 where when he played his first game he scored 7 goals. He later on joined the United States under-17 youth development academy program. Through his career he has played for clubs with big names such as Bayer Leverkusen and San Jose Earthquakes before he joined LA Galaxy.
He has made records at Major League Soccer winning six times and becoming the all-time goal scorer with 145 goals and leading assist leader with 136. He is the only player to have achieved the 50 goals 50 assists level. He has been largely declared as the best player in the history of United States soccer.
4. Jermaine Jones- Net-worth of $12,000,000
Born in Germany 35 year old Jermaine Junior Jones plays for LA Galaxy as a defender. At the age of thirteen he started his football career with football club SV Bonames later on getting to be recruited by Eintracht Frankfurt where he made 25 appearances scoring 8 goals getting a spot in the first team. That was not enough for him when he signed for German club Leverkusen and Shalke 04 before joining Blackburn Rovers. He first started playing for Germany’s under-21 team then he was later on cleared by FIFA to play to play for the United States. He made his debut playing in the 2014 world cup where he scored a goal against Portugal.
3. Clint Dempsey- Net-worth – $16,000,000
This man is just 33 year old and he has hit the headlines as one of the legends in football circles. He is a player for the Seattle sounders and has even played for fulham and Tottenham. In United States team he has earned his place as he is a productive player who can be a serious threat to opponents. In the United States he has set a record of being the second top scorer and the player who scored the fastest goal in 39 seconds in the world.
2. Giuseppe Rossi- Net-worth – $22,880,000
American-Italian footballer aged 29 was born in the United States of America and currently plays for Spanish team Celta Vigo on loan from Italian club Florentina. He started his career at the age of 12 where he played for Italian club Parma. Showing his promise he got to be signed by English club Manchester United where he made his debut season. Not for long was it before he got to be loaned out to Newcastle United then later on to being sold to Spanish club Villarreal. He has represented Italy in every level of football until he got to make the first team and when he was played he scored his first goal for Italy. Rossi can as well play the forward wing on different spots and he is a well prolific striker not forgetting his finishing ability.
1. Neven Subotic- Net-worth – $30,560,667
Neven Subotic is a 28 year old Siberian footballer who was born in Banja Luka. Though he is not American he started playing soccer at the age of 7. After moving to Florida Neven took on playing tennis but again be able to train himself on footballing which would then get to earn him a spot in the United States under-17 player development academy. He made his first professional debut with FSV Mainz 05 in their last match which would later on get his team relegated. In the second tier of the league he made his presence known that would later on make him being signed by Borussia Dortmund. As much as he is not an American footballer he has made 12 appearances for the United States of America but was then eligible to play for the United States national team.
Soccer in the USA is the fourth most popular sport, with American Football, Basketball and Baseball coming in at number 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Since 2005, over 25 million viewers have tuned in to watch a soccer match. The game is slowly gathering an audience and soccer being the most popular game in the world, it is safe to say that soon soccer will give American Football a run for their money.