Yanks in the UEFA Champions League: Updating the Ledger

Maurice Edu started and went the distance in Rangers’ 0-0 Champions League draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday—you know, the game that yielded a good result for the Glasgow side but will always be remembered for this (video not for the squeamish).

(We wish Mr. Valencia a very quick recovery.)

Edu had a decent game, and his appearance bumps the number of Yanks who have played in the UEFA Champions League into double figures.

We are now holding steady at 10—that’s U.S.-born-and-bred, no David Wagner–style conscripts included.

And every one of them is a Major League Soccer alum.

Here they are, with Champions League club(s) followed by MLS club(s) in parentheses: 

  1. DaMarcus Beasley (PSV, Rangers; LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire), 22 CL appearances
  2. Claudio Reyna (Rangers; NY Red Bulls), 8 appearances
  3. John O’Brien (Ajax; Chivas USA *), 8 appearances
  4. Tony Sanneh (Hertha Berlin; DC, Columbus, Chicago, LA), 7 appearances
  5. Tim Howard (Manchester United; MetroStars) 7 appearances
  6. Frankie Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen; Tampa Bay, Columbus), 5 appearances
  7. Robbie Russell (Rosenborg; LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake), 4 appearances
  8. Jovan Kirovski (Borussia Dortmund; Colorado, San Jose, LA), 2 appearances
  9. Landon Donovan (Bayer Leverkusen; San Jose, LA), 2 appearances
  10. Maurice Edu (Rangers, Toronto FC), 1 appearance … and counting

 *O’Brien made one appearance for Chivas USA, in 2006.


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