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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

SPOILER ALERT: We named our top 25 players in U.S. men's soccer history and we had a unanimous pick. We caught up with him for a few quick thoughts on his career.

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His first time in a U.S. national team camp, in 2000:

I looked up to most of those players at that time because I grew up watching them all. Gregg Berhalter and Frankie Hedjuk really made me feel welcome in the early days.

His first full international appearance, a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Los Angeles:

Playing in front of 65,000 fans, in front of my friends and family and then scoring a goal to cap it off -- It was a dream debut.

Best game he played in:

[The San Jose Earthquakes' rally from a 4-0 aggregate deficit against] LA in the second leg of the 2003 Western Conference finals at Spartan Stadium.

His best performance:

Vs. Spain in the [2-0 upset at the] 2009 Confederations Cup.

Best goal:

[To beat] Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.

Best assist:

On a Charlie Davies goal in a 2-1 loss to Mexico in a 2009 World Cup Qualifier in Mexico City.

Biggest disappointment:

2006 World Cup performance.

Best player he played alongside:

Franck Ribery [with Bayern Munich].

Best teammate:

Kyle Beckerman [with U.S. national teams].

Best player he played against:

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Best coach he played for:

Frank Yallop [with the Earthquakes], John Ellinger [with the U.S. under-17 national team], Bruce Arena [with the LA Galaxy and U.S. national team], Bob Bradley [with the U.S. national team].

His top three for an all-time U.S. list:

In no particular order: Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Claudio Reyna.

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