Best American is by far, hands down, no contest Landon Donovan. People who argue against this are hating on him just like we all said JJ Redick wasn't the best player in the ACC when he was here. That title may be up for grabs when Jermaine Jones officially becomes a US player in August, but I'll hold off judgement until he does something. The point on big foreign clubs does ring true, but it's not a 100% necessity. At least not to be as good as we should be now, which isn't world class but certainly to a point where we can reasonably expect to make it out of the group stage of a world cup. Look at Egypt and Honduras as two prime examples. Egypt has one player on recently relegated Middlesbrough and one on decent Borussia Dortmund. However, they won the African Cup two years ago over teams like Ivory Coast and Senegal, stacked with EPL and La Liga talent. Similarly, if you just look at individual players and their club teams, Honduras should dominate CONCACAF. They have Suazo of Inter Milan and now Benfica fame, De Leon who starts for Parma, Wilson Palacios who starts for Tottenham, etc. We can be better than we are now without sending more players abroad, but it requires a coach who can adjust tactically and inspire our players to perform. It's not clear that Bradley can do either.