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American goalkeepers that have played in the Premier League - ranked

Jan 4, 2021, 5:30 PM GMT
Brad Friedel
Where does Brad Friedel rank among the Premier League's American goalkeepers? | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
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Manchester City's Zack Steffen has become the latest American goalkeeper to play in the Premier League, with goalkeepers the United States' best and most consistent international soccer exports.

Steffen joins an impressive list of his fellow countrymen who have donned the gloves in England, with some of them among the best goalkeepers of any nationality to play in the Premier League.

7. Juergen Sommer

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Ex-QPR goalkeeper Juergen Sommer for New England Revolution | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 1995 - 1996
Club: QPR
Appearances: 33
Clean Sheets: 4

Sommer was the first but perhaps least famous or remembered American goalkeeper to play in the Premier League, having joined QPR in 1995. The Hoops were relegated but he remained until 1998.

Sommer was also a non-playing member of the USA squads at World Cups in both 1994 and 1998.

6. Brad Guzan

Brad Guzan
Brad Guzan had to be patient for Premier League chance | Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 2008 - 2017
Clubs: Aston Villa, Middlesbrough
Appearances: 154
Clean Sheets: 29

Although he arrived at the club in 2008, Guzan had to wait until the 2012/13 season before he became Aston Villa number one, by which time Villa were starting to struggle and would be relegated by 2016.

Guzan was then picked up by newly promoted Middlesbrough but was primarily second choice to Spanish veteran Victor Valdes.

5. Zack Steffen

Zack Steffen
Zack Steffen has become Man City's #2 goalkeeper | Pool/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 2020 - present
Club: Manchester City
Appearances: 1
Clean Sheets: 1

Steffen is still at the very start of his Premier League career, but he has landed at an elite club straightaway after being named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018.

Sceptics didn't expect Steffen to ever play for Manchester City because of the way the club recruits talent to farm out elsewhere, but he has been installed as number two goalkeeper this season.

4. Marcus Hahnemann

Marcus Hahnemann
Marcus Hahnemann was a cult hero at Reading | Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 2006 - 2008; 2009 - 2012
Clubs: Reading, Wolves, Everton
Appearances: 115
Clean Sheets: 28

Hahnemann left behind a starting role in MLS in 1999 to establish himself in England, eventually making his name at Reading and helping the Royals to promotion in 2006.

Stiff competition for places ensured Hahnemann only made a handful of international appearances during his lengthy career, but he was named in two World Cup squads in 2006 and 2010 at his peak.

3. Kasey Keller

Kasey Keller
Kasey Keller's first Premier League club was Leicester | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 1996 - 1999; 2001 - 2005; 2007 - 2008
Clubs: Leicester, Tottenham, Southampton, Fulham
Appearances: 201
Clean Sheets: 55

Keller spent a total of five seasons as a Premier League number one goalkeeper, initially with Leicester in the late 1990s and later with Tottenham in the early 2000s.

Keller's first taste of football in England was with Millwall in the lower leagues, while he went to four World Cups and was a starter in two.

2. Brad Friedel

Brad Friedel
Brad Friedel played in the Premier League until the age of 42 | Julian Finney/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 1997 - 2000; 2001 - 2014
Clubs: Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Tottenham
Appearances: 450
Clean Sheets: 132

Work permit issues on multiple occasions prevented Friedel from joining Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Sunderland, before he was eventually granted permission to sign for Liverpool in 1997.

But it was after dropping down a division and earning promotion with Blackburn that he established himself as a Premier League star, setting a new record for 310 consecutive appearances.

1. Tim Howard

Tim Howard
Tim Howard is one of the Premier League's best ever goalkeepers | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Premier League Career: 2003 - 2016
Clubs: Manchester United, Everton
Appearances: 399
Clean Sheets: 132

Howard was nicknamed the 'US Secretary of Defense' for his heroics at the 2014 World Cup, particularly in a record-breaking performance against Belgium, and was a Premier League starter for over a decade.

Howard initially thrived at Manchester United until losing his place after only 18 months, but then provided the foundation for a period of remarkable top half consistency at Everton.

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