Originally written on O-Posts  |  Last updated 10/17/14

NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Claudio Reyna of the New York Red Bulls talks to the media during Media Day at the New York Red Bulls Space March 25, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bull)
In the United States, soccer (called football in the rest of the world) is not nearly as popular a sport as it is in other countries. The lack of recognition, sponsorship, and pay in the US causes many players to look for more opportunities elsewhere. Many of the best US players become expatriates and play abroad. Some of the most well-known are listed below:

Claudio Reyna
Reyna at Sunderland
Claudio is widely considered one of the best players the United States has ever produced. Claudio was born in New Jersey after his father moved there from Argentina. He learned soccer from his father and played on the University of Virginia’s soccer team from 1991-1993. He was awarded many trophies during his time at Virginia, including the Hermann Trophy and the MAC Award. 
In 1994, he signed with a German club and began playing overseas. His prime was his time with the Rangers from 1999-2001. After this time, he was plagued by injuries. 
Although he remained a brilliant player, his play was limited and he returned to the United States in 2007 to play with the New York Red Bulls. He retired in 2008.

Kasey Keller
Keller at Milwall- Lovin' the mullet
Although Kasey recently retired from soccer, he is another player who spent a large part of his career overseas. After starting in 1989 with the Portland Timbers, he was signed in 1992 by the English club Millwall. He was the fan favorite there until 1996, including being voted Player of the Year by Lions fans in 1992. 
He transferred to Leicester City in 1996, where he played until 1999. In 2008, he returned stateside and joined the Seattle Sounders, and played with that club until his retirement in 2011.

Tim Howard

Tim is an American who plays for the English club Everton as a goalkeeper. Tim started off playing for North Jersey Imperials before being picked up by MetroStars. 
While playing for MetroStars, he was noticed by the English club Manchester United and moved to play in England. In February 2007, he signed with Everton. He also plays for the United States national team.

The United States sports scene continues to be dominated by American football and baseball – the latter of which is responsible for drawing many foreign players to the US. It seems that while great soccer players may start and end their careers in the United States, their prime is spent elsewhere. 
Unfortunately, until soccer gains additional viewership and sponsorship in the US, this will likely remain the case.

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