U.S. Men's National Team

Noah Davis Discusses the Top 100 U.S. Soccer Players

John Godfrey sat down with American Soccer Now Deputy Editor Noah Davis to chat about the latest iteration of the ASN 100, what our panel of experts got right, and where we went astray.
BY John Godfrey Posted
December 15, 2015
4:00 PM

John Godfrey: Tell us, Mr. Davis—what are your top-line impressions of the latest ASN 100

Noah Davis: It’s a fairly accurate assessment of where we are at the end of 2015. Fabian Johnson is clearly the best player in the United States pool right now. Nothing major sticks out as wrong, though Darlington Nagbe is way too high. 

Godfrey: Put your American soccer supporter hat on for a second. When you look at the Top 10, what do you feel? Depressed? Confident? Something else?

Davis: A little positive, a little negative. It’s encouraging to see players like Nagbe and Tim Ream break into the Top 10. At the same time, I get a little sad looking at this list and thinking these are the best players in the country. Not to take anything away from the guys that are here, but we should be able to do better. 

Godfrey: You have Fabian Johnson ranked No. 1—why?

Davis: He’s the best left back, right back, left midfielder, and right midfielder in the pool, and probably the best free kick taker as well. 

Godfrey: Who is the most overrated player on this list?

Davis: Nagbe at six is cray. I had him at 15. He’s played two games and hasn’t started yet. It’s just too early to have him ranked so highly. 

Godfrey: Who needs to be ranked higher?

Davis: Bill Hamid is much better than the 26th best American soccer player. He could start for the U.S. team and you wouldn’t see much of a step down from Tim Howard/Brad Guzan (who should both be higher on this list). 

Godfrey: Name one player who failed to make the list and argue on his behalf. 

Davis: Clint Irwin. Anyone who comes on the ASN podcast gets a vote in my book. 

Godfrey: Click on the "Age" filter and select "Youngest." As you know, this re-sorts the ASN 100 list from youngest to oldest. Do you like what you see?

Davis: It’s exciting to see players like Cameron Carter-Vickers, Gedeon Zelalem, and Matt Miazga in the first row. My question is what happened to everyone on the U-23 team that failed to qualify for the 2014 Olympics? That generation has so far been a massive disappointment. 

Godfrey: Now do the same but click "Oldest" and tell us your thoughts. 

Davis: On the older side, the longevity of Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones is impressive, but it’s time to move on. Same with Alan Gordon. 

Follow Noah Davis on Twitter, why don't you?

Post a comment