The Top 10 Footballers Born... In the UK playing in America

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Within this blog post, we will look at the Top 10 British footballers currently plying their trade on the other side of the pond, in the United States of America.

According to Forbes, soccer (football) has grown in popularity other recent years, with "7% of Americans citing soccer as their favourite sport to watch". The women's game of soccer within the United States of America has consistently been a popular and successful sport for the American's. The American women's team are currently ranked number 1 in the world.

However, due to a number of high profile signings over the past ten years, most notable the signing of David Beckham for LA Galaxy, as well as Zlatan Imbrahimovic more recently, men's soccer grow in in popularity. Football superstars Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo all finished their careers while plying their trade in America.

Dom Dwyer, 29, was born in West Sussex, starting his career at Norwich City. Dwyer didn't manage to make an appearance for The Canaries and was released at the age of 16. After stints at Non-League sides Staines Town and Kings Lynn, Dwyer managed to gain a sports scholarship at the Tyler Junior College in Texas. After moving to America, he progressed to the University of South Carolina. Dwyer was then drafted by MLS side Sporting Kansas City. Dwyer was loaned to Orlando City early in his Sporting Kansas City career. This loan deal resulted in the striker scoring 13 goals in 15 appearances. Dwyer went on to spend an extremely successful five seasons at Sporting Kansas City. During his time at the club, Dwyer grabbed 57 goals before moving on a permanent deal to Orlando City in 2017. Since then, Dwyer has gone on to score 24 goals for the Major League Soccer side.

Jack Price, 27, was born in Shrewsbury and started his career at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. After making his first appearance for the club in 2013, Price went on to make 97 appearances for the club, as well as loan spells at Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient. In January 2018, Jack Price moved to Major League Soccer side Colarado Rapids.

Michael Mancienne, aged 32, was born in Feltham and started his professional career at Premier League side Chelsea. Mancienne made 4 appearances for Chelsea, as well as completing two loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and Wolves. In May 2011, Mancienne signed for German side Hamburger SV on a four year deal. Mancienne spent three seasons at the club before returning to England with Nottingham Forest. Over the next four seasons, Mancienne made 122 appearances before moving to MLS side New England Revolution in August 2018.

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Harry Forrester, 29, was born in Milton Keynes and at the age of 10, was signed by Watford from Northampton for £13k. At the age of 16, Forrester was on the move again as Aston Villa purchased the midfielder for £250k, despite reported interest from Manchester United. After a short loan spell in 2010 at Scottish Premier League Kilmarnock, Forrester was released by Aston Villa. After being approached by Dutch side Ajax, Forrester decided to move to Brentford instead. Forrester spent two seasons at the club, appearing 55 times and finding the scoresheet on 8 occasions. Upon the expiry of his contract at Brentford, Forrester signed for Doncaster Rovers. After three seasons at the club, Scottish giants Rangers swooped for the talented Milton Keynes born midfielder. After featuring 32 times for Rangers, scoring 7 times, he left the club by mutual consent. Upon his release, he joined Iranian side Tractor and also spent some time on loan at their Iranian rivals Machine Sazi. In January 2019, Forrester left Tractor to sign for USL side Orange County SC.

Lloyd Sam, aged 35, currently plies his trade for USL side Miami FC. Born in Leeds, Sam went on to begin his professional career at Charlton Athletic. After making 119 appearances for the club, Sam moved to his hometown club, Leeds United in 2010 on a free transfer. After a loan spell at Notts County, Sam was released by Leeds after a spell that was hampered by injuries. In August 2012, Lloyd Sam signed for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls. Sam spent four seasons at the club before being traded to their MLS rivals D.C. United. After a successful season for the club, Sam returned to England to sign for AFC Wimbledon. In January 2019, Lloyd Sam returned to America, signing a deal for USL Championship side Miami FC.

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Liam Trotter, 31, currently plays for USL Championship side Orange County SC, along with Harry Forrester, mentioned already in this article. Born in Ipswich, Trotter made his debut for Ipswich Town in 2006. After a number of loan spells away from the club, Trotter signed for Millwall. Trotter went on to make 125 appearances for the London based side before moving to the North West to sign for Bolton Wanderers. Trotter spent three seasons at the club, making 47 appearances before signing for AFC Wimbledon. Trotter's spell at AFC Wimbledon was a successful one, appearing 61 times before leaving the club by mutual consent to sign for Orange County S.C.

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Josh Sims, 23, is currently on loan at MLS side New York Red Bulls from Premier League side Southampton. Born in Yeovil, Sims made his debut in 2016 and has made 15 appearances for the club, as well as a loan spell with Championship side Reading. In August 2019, Sims moved to New York Red Bulls on a season long loan.

Anton Walkes, 23, was born in Lewisham and started his career at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Walkes, a defender, failed to make an appearance for the North London giants but did spend two loan spells away from the the club with Atlanta United and Portsmouth. Walkes' loan deal to Portsmouth was made permanent in 2018. Walkes made 35 appearances for the club before re-joining MLS side Atlanta United in January 2020.

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Jose Baxter, 28, began his career at Premier League side Everton. In 2008, Baxter made his Premier League debut at the age of 16. In 2012, Baxter rejected a new deal at Everton and signed for League One side Oldham Athletic. After a successful season at Oldham, Baxter signed for Sheffield United for £500k. In 2015, Baxter failed a drugs test and was released a year later. Baxter rejoined Premier League side Everton after his release, but didn't manage to make an appearance. Baxter rejoined Oldham Athletic after leaving Everton and spent a season at the club, scoring four times before rejecting a new deal at the club. In the summer of 2019, Baxter joined League Two side Plymouth Argyle. After only 9 appearances for the club, Baxter left Plymouth to sign for USL side Memphis 901.

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Mandela Egbo, 21, was born in London and started his career at Premier League side Crystal Palace. At the age of 17, after failing to break into the first team picture, Egbo left Crystal Palace to join Borussia Monchengladbach. After signing in 2015, Egbo only managed to appear once for the German side before signing for fellow German side Darmstadt 98. Egbo spent only six months at the club before signing a three year deal with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.


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