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By DAN KARELL
With a nod to the past and present, U.S. Soccer released its All-Time USMNT Best XI to round up the Centennial year celebrations.
Six players on the list have earned more than 100 caps in their USMNT careers, including leading vote-receiver Landon Donovan (52 votes), Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Eric Wynalda, and Claudio Reyna. Brad Friedel was voted as the starting goalkeeper over Kasey Keller and Tim Howard, who finished second and third, respectively.
Also included on the All-Time Best XI are Eddie Pope, Steve Cherundolo, Tab Ramos, and Brian McBride. Though only Donovan and Dempsey have played recently with the USMNT, Friedel (Tottenham), Bocanegra (Chivas USA), and Steve Cherundolo (Hannover) are still active players.
Just missing out making the Best XI were Keller, Thomas Dooley, Michael Bradley, and Ernie Stewart.
Check out the U.S. Soccer All-Time USMNT Best XI (after the jump):
U.S. SOCCER ALL-TIME USMNT BEST XI (Votes in parentheses)
Goalkeeper – Brad Friedel (25)
Defender – Marcelo Balboa (35)
Defender – Eddie Pope (33
Defender – Carlos Bocanegra (25)
Defender – Steve Cherundolo (25)
Midfielder – Clint Dempsey (25)
Midfielder – Tab Ramos (42)
Midfielder – Claudio Reyna (45)
Midfielder – Landon Donovan (52)
Forward – Eric Wynalda (43)
Forward – Brian McBride (45)
A group consisting of 57 former players, administrators, and media members conducted the voting for the Best XI.
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