CHICAGO, USA - JULY 09:  The Stars and Stripes flag of the United States of America flying before the CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala at Soldier Field on July 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Picking a USA Premier League XI to Celebrate American Independence Day on 4th of July

Americans around the world are celebrating 4th July, the day that marks the birth of the country that has come to dominate global culture and politics.


Numerous players hailing from the United States have made their way to the Premier League over the years.


Here's a look at an all-star XI made up of the best Americans to grace our shores...

1. GK - Brad Friedel

Several top American goalkeepers have graced the Premier League over the years, including Tim Howard, Kasey Keller, Brad Guzan and Marcus Hahnemann, but none proved quite so consistent and accomplished as Brad Friedel.


Ohio-born Friedel's first English action came with Liverpool, before getting his break at Blackburn. He hardly missed a match for 10 years across spells with Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham, and still holds the record for playing in consecutive Premier League games at 310.  

2. DF - DeAndre Yedlin

Electric full-back DeAndre Yedlin earned his chance in the Premier League after impressing for the USA national team at the 2014 World Cup, prompting Tottenham to offer him a long-term deal to move to London from home-town club Seattle Sounders.


Yedlin struggled to impose himself at Spurs and endured a difficult loan spell in a poor Sunderland side in 2015/16, but a move to Newcastle has reignited his career. 

3. DF - Geoff Cameron

An injury-hit 2016/17 season saw Geoff Cameron's Stoke career begin to sour and he later struggled for form as the Potters were relegated from the Premier League. Prior to that, the Massachusetts-born star had been a reliable performer. 


Cameron, who can operate all across the back-line and in midfield, was a 2012 signing for Stoke from MLS franchise Houston Dynamo and was a regular as the team recorded three consecutive ninth place Premier League finishes under the management of Mark Hughes.  

4. DF - Carlos Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra spent five years in the Premier League with Fulham, playing his best football as the Cottagers survived in the top flight season after season and was even the club's second highest scorer during the 2006/07 campaign with five goals.


With his contract at Fulham running down, Bocanegra was actually benched by new manager Roy Hodgson in January 2008 and watched on from the sidelines as the club pulled off a great escape having looked certain to be relegated.  

5. DF - Jonathan Spector

Versatile defender Jonathan Spector played for Manchester United, Charlton and West Ham during a Premier League career that lasted seven seasons between 2004 and 2011, playing just over 100 times in the English top flight.


Originally from Illinois, Spector had been spotted by Old Trafford scouts at the age of 17. But it wasn't until a loan at Charlton in 2005/06 that he got his real break in England, while a move to West Ham soon after offered the chance of playing more regular football.  

6. MF - Claudio Reyna

After impressing north of the border with Rangers in Scotland, midfielder Claudio Reyna was bought for close to £3m by Sunderland in the summer of 2001. Already a veteran of two World Cups, he then impressed at the 2002 tournament as the U.S. reached the quarter finals.


A serious injury disrupted his 2002/03 season as Sunderland were relegated, but he soon joined Manchester City and became a popular figure. Injury hampered Reyna's time in Manchester, although he remained close to the club and later became a director of New York City.  

7. MF - Cobi Jones

Like so many of his fellow countrymen, Michigan-born midfielder Cobi Jones was brought to the attention of Premier League clubs by his performances at a World Cup, earning a move to Coventry after impressing on home soil at the 1994 tournament. 


Jones, who would go on to amass 164 international caps during his career, made himself a Coventry cult hero when he scored the winner in game against Norwich. His career in England unfortunately ended after only one season, but he soon made himself a legend back home.  

8. MF - Clint Dempsey

Not only is Clint Dempsey one of the best footballers America has ever produced, he was also a genuine Premier League star for many years as well, enjoying the peak of his career in England with a very capable Fulham side, before also briefly turning out for Tottenham.


Dempsey was picked up by the Cottagers after an impressive 2006 World Cup and had soon become an important player domestically and in Europe. He scored 17 Premier League goals, 23 in all competitions, during the 2011/12 season alone.

9. FW - Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan's Premier League career was only very brief, restricted to two short but impressive loan spells at Everton in 2010 and 2012, but the California-native is a bona fide legend of American soccer and arguably his country's greatest every player. 


Donovan scored two Premier League goals during his first stint in England for the Toffees, joining for three months during the MLS off-season. He then repeated a similar move in 2012, albeit less successfully, and had earlier done the same at Bayern Munich.  

10. FW - Joe-Max Moore

After scoring more than a goal every other game for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer and helping the US national team to third place in the 1999 Confederations Cup, Joe-Max Moore was handed the chance to join Everton in the Premier League. 


The diminutive forward got off to an incredible start in England, scoring in three of his first four starts for the Toffees in wins over Wimbledon, West Ham and Derby. Moore then bagged a brace against Watford later that season, although that moment ultimately proved to be his high point in the top flight.  

11. FW - Brian McBride

Brian McBride's first taste of English football came in the second tier with Preston North End during a loan from Columbus Crew. He later linked up with former Preston boss David Moyes on loan at Everton, but it was at Fulham where the striker made his mark in the Premier League. 


After joining in January 2004, McBride played 140 times for the Cottagers in the Premier League, including every game of the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons. He managed double figures in front of goal in the former and drew praise among fans for his determination.