#WNSTSweet16 — The best 16 American soccer players ever

June 17, 2014 | Drew Forrester

12. Marcelo Balboa —

Balboa was a fixture in the 1990’s and helped pave the way for American soccer to get international respect with his hard nosed style of play and sound technical game.  Was a solid defensive player and occasional offensive contributor, with 13 goals in 127 appearances for the U.S.  Man-to-man marking skills weren’t top notch, but he was good in the air and was a tough force in the box on set pieces for and against.

Although the clip below is actually NOT a goal, it’s still the most widely circulated highlight of Balboa’s career because of the near-miss nature of his bicycle kick attempt.

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