Brad Friedel - Tottenham Hotspur - solo shot

Goalkeeper Week: American shot stoppers find home in the Premier League

American goalkeepers in the English Premier League have been a near constant over the past 25 years.

Players such as Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard have made names for themselves across the pond, cementing their status as some of the best 'keepers in the world during their time in England.

It's almost a rite of passage at this point -- since 1998, every starting US goalkeeper in the World Cup has plied his trade in England. US goalkeepers in England have been such a staple, that the US boasts the second-most appearances among goalkeepers from any country since the Premier League started in 1992-93. The only country that has more? England, of course.

So who will be next in this long line? Only time will tell.

Stats provided by Opta Sports. As of August 12, 2016.

Most goalkeeper appearances in EPL by nationality

Nation EPL Appearances
England 6,623
USA 1,350
Netherlands 996
Wales 956
Ireland 912

EPL appearances by Americans

Player EPL Appearances
Brad Friedel 450
Tim Howard 399
Kasey Keller 201
Brad Guzan 144
Marcus Hahnemann 115
Juergen Sommer 33
Ian Feuer 5
Paul Rachubka 3