Top 10 soccer players in American history

With the USA having been drawn into one of the toughest groups in the 2014 World Cup, coach Jurgen Klinsmann sent shockwaves through the American soccer world by leaving Landon Donovan, a man considered the best U.S. player ever, off the squad. With that in mind, we've compiled a top 10 of our picks for the all-time best U.S. World Cup players.

Pablo Mastroeni

Pablo Mastroeni, 2008 (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ernie Stewart

Ernie Stewart (Mike Powell/Getty Images)

Eric Wynalda

USA striker, Eric Wynalda (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Ecuador v United States

HARRISON, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Steve Cherundolo #2 of the United States trips over Jefferson Montero #9 of Ecuador during their match at Red Bull Arena on October 11, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Tab Ramos

Legendary American soccer striker, Tab Ramos, against Brazil in the 1994 Wold Cup. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Brian McBride - Mexico vs. USA

JEONJU - JUNE 17: Brian McBride of the USA shoots past (L to R) Jesus Arellano, Oscar Perez and Rafael Marquez during the Mexico v USA, World Cup Second Round match played at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju, South Korea on June 17, 2002. The USA won 2-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Mexico v United States

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 02: Clint Dempsey #8 of USA controls the ball under pressure from Rogelio Alfredo Chavez #28 of Mexico during the first half of the International Friendly against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 2, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Mexico and USA played to a 2-2 tie. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2006 World Cup

Claudio Reyna of the USA runs with the ball during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Group E match between Italy and USA at the Fritz-Walter Stadium on June 17, 2006 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Brad Friedel of Spurs gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at White Hart Lane on April 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Landon Donovan Left off World Cup Team

Team USA will head to Brazil without midfielder Landon Donovan, the team's all-time leading scorer and perhaps America's best-known soccer player. WSJ's Matthew Futterman joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break. Photo: AP.