8. Clint Dempsey
Forward | Club: Seattle Sounders
After a slow start upon his return to MLS from the Premier League in 2013, the 2014 version of Dempsey looks every bit like the attacking player he used to be. The U.S. captain announced his return emphatically, with a hat trick for the Seattle Sounders against their biggest rivals, the Portland Timbers, and the next step is replicating that form with the national team. His 37 career goals are most on the USA’s 23-man roster.
OUTLOOK: In Seattle, Dempsey has become comfortable in a playmaking role. He was never asked to play that sort of position in Europe, but his ability to combine with a hold-up striker has really come through this season. If he and Jozy Altidore can cultivate a similar relationship as Dempsey has with Obafemi Martins on the Sounders, the U.S. will score goals.