#WNSTSweet16 — The best 16 American soccer players ever

June 17, 2014 | Drew Forrester

11. Eddie Pope —

Anchored the defense in the 2002 World Cup and was perhaps the team’s best overall player in those five games.  Played in 80 career games for the U.S., with eight goals, including three in WC qualifying matches.  Known for his speed and steady marking skills, Pope also starred in the MLS with D.C. United among others.  Played the game with quiet passion and was rarely out of control, although his red card in game two of the ’06 WC caused him to miss the final match — a loss to Ghana that sent the U.S. home early.

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