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Who are the top goal scorers in USMNT history?

The United States men’s team and its fans are feeling rather positive ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but who leads the way in goals?

Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are tied for the highest number of USMNT goals on 57.
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The USMNT suffered a 2-0 defeat in Japan with the World Cup around the corner, fielding a startiing line-up that featutred Jesus Ferreira as the central attacking player between Gio Reyna on one side and Brenden Aaronson on the other. Ferreira, who was born in Colombia and plays for FC Dallas, has a decent record of seven goals in 13 games since his debut in 2020, and five of those have come in 2022. In all likelihood, the 21-year-old will be tasked with leading the line at the World Cup with Ricardo Pepi struggling for form and Christian Pulisic struggling to get a club game at Chelsea.

Pulisic is the only active player on the list of the USMNT’s all-time top scorers and his inactivity at Stamford Bridge will be a cause of concern for Gregg Berhalter, who could not give the 24-year-old a run-out against Japan in his side’s penultimate game before the World Cup after he picked up a knock in training.

Donovan, Dempsey lead the way

The USMNT have now failed to score in five games so far in 2022, against Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Japan. Historically, the US has produced some fine goalscorers, none more prolific than Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, who both bagged 57 for their country, Donovan in 157 caps and Dempsey in 141. The former spent the vast majority of his club career at LA Galaxy, with brief stints in Europe at Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Everton. Dempsey became a cult hero at Fulham, scoring 60 times in 225 Premier League appearances, and also had a spell at Tottenham as well as playing for Seattle and New England Revolution in MLS.

Third on the list of all-time scorers is Jozy Altidore, whose eclectic club career took in New York Red Bulls, Villarreal, Hull City, Bursaspor, AZ Alkmaar, Sunderland, Toronto and New England Revolution. Although still playing club football at Puebla, Altidore retired from international duty in 2019 on 115 caps.

Top 15 USMNT all-time goalscorers

Landon Donovan5725 Oct 200010 Sep 2013
Clint Dempsey5728 May 200522 Jul 2017
Jozy Altidore4206 Feb 200826 Jun 2019
Eric Wynalda3404 Feb 199012 Feb 2000
Brian McBride2903 Nov 199628 May 2006
Joe-Max Moore2431 Jan 199307 Oct 2001
Christian Pulišić2128 May 201627 Mar 2022
Bruce Murray2107 Feb 198603 Mar 1993
Eddie Johnson1909 Oct 200410 Sep 2013
Earnie Stewart1713 Jun 199326 Jul 2003
Michael Bradley1717 Oct 200711 Jun 2017
DaMarcus Beasley1719 Jan 200211 Oct 2008
Carlos Bocanegra1418 Jan 200316 Oct 2012
Gyasi Zardes1405 Jun 201529 Jul 2021
Cobi Jones1419 Oct 199208 Sep 2004

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