Flying the flag: The 7 best Americans to ever play in the Premier League

From goalkeeping record-holders to 20-goal scorers, Americans have had more than a passing impact on the world's most popular league.

1. Brad Friedel

Originally signing with Liverpool as a backup in 1997, Brad Friedel carved out a Premier League career spanning almost two decades with four different teams, though it wasn’t until a move to Blackburn Rovers in 2000 that his England career was truly kickstarted.

Friedel earned promotion with Rovers in his first season and then helped the club establish itself in the top half of the Premier League.  After eight successful seasons at Ewood Park, Friedel moved to Aston Villa in 2008, going on to break the Premier League record for consecutive games played after finishing his 167th match against a Clint Dempsey-led Fulham.

His form with Villa persuaded Tottenham Hotspur to bring the American on board in 2011, where he saw out the final years of his career as a back-up to Heurelho Gomes, and then French international Hugo Lloris.  In 2015, at the age of 44, Friedel finally retired to the broadcaster’s booth, having been considered one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers well into his 30s.

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