Every kid who grows up playing soccer dreams of one day playing for their respective national team. The idea of starring in a World Cup or scoring a crucial goal in qualifying or just simply becoming a celebrity athlete known the world over is an alluring concept.
And yet, for every Clint Dempsey or Christian Pulisic, there are countless names and faces that shine brightly (and briefly) before fading from the spotlight. It could be one appearance in a January friendly, one bad game in a meaningful tournament, or one unfortunate injury after another that derails a promising career.
Some names might be more familiar than others, but it’s still the case that playing for the US national team can be a topsy-turvy experience. With that in mind, here are 15 gentlemen (all of whom are still active players) that you might have forgotten once featured for the USMNT.
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Jose Francisco Torres - Tigres (Liga MX)
Last appearance: July 25, 2013 (Gold Cup Semifinal: 3-1 win over Honduras)
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Shane O'Neill - NAC Breda (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
Last appearance: No senior appearances. Unused substitute in a 2-0 friendly victory over Panama on 02/08/15. He is eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland and has expressed a willingness to play for either national team.
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Andrew Wooten - SV Sandhausen (2. Bundesliga)
Last appearance: October 13, 2015 (friendly against Costa Rica)
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Joe Corona - Tijuana (Liga MX)
Last appearance: July 25, 2015 (Gold Cup 3rd place game/loss to Panama on penalties)
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Miguel Ibarra - Minnesota United (MLS)
Last appearance: April 15, 2015 (subbed on in a friendly against Mexico at The Alamodome). He was also an unused substitute in the USA's World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago on November 18, 2015.
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Joe Gyau - SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (German 3rd Division)
Last appearance: October 10, 2014 (1-1 friendly against Ecuador in which he was subbed out in the 22nd minute and was later determined to have torn his lateral meniscus)
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Ventura Alvarado - Santos Laguna (Liga MX)
Last appearance: October 14, 2015 (1-0 loss in a friendly with Costa Rica). He was an unused substitute in the USA's World Cup Qualifier against Guatemala on March 30, 2016.
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David Yelldell - SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (German 3rd Division)
Last appearance: March 29, 2011 (halftime substitute in a 1-0 friendly loss to Paraguay)
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Jonathan Bornstein - Queretaro (Liga MX)
Last appearance: June 26, 2011 (4-2 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup Final)
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Anthony Wallace - OKC Energy (USL)
Last appearance: January 23, 2011 (1-1 draw in a friendly with Chile)