Former Rapids On List Of Potential USMNT All-Time Best XI Candidates

Stephen Dunn

Marcelo Balboa and Pablo Mastroeni both made the cut on US Soccer's list of Best XI candidates, as well as former Rapids manager Fernando Clavijo.

With the Centennial season of United States soccer about to come to its close, US Soccer has decided to put on a vote for the best all-time XI in the history of the country. It goes all the way back to some dudes named Archie Stark and David Brown from the 20's to today, where guys like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are ruling the roost.

A couple of former Rapids have made the list of candidates, all three of them being defenders. Marcelo Balboa, who scored 13 goals for the USMNT in 127 appearances and acted as a captain while appearing in three World Cups, including the only US-based World Cup in '94. Of the former Rapids, he'll probably be the most likely candidate to get onto the Best XI.

Recent retiree Pablo Mastroeni, who appeared in two World Cups and had 65 appearances for the US, was the other Rapids player on the list. Former Rapids coach and current FC Dallas front office member Fernando Clavijo was also on there.

German Sferra on twitter pointed out a few others that I missed on my initial pass, as well:

Unfortunately, the vote is not open to the public, but rather a group that was selected to a voting committee by US Soccer. Either way, send karma and good vibes to our guys, or something.

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