June 8th, 2010

Oh, Say Can You See: The 5 Hottest USA World Cup Footballers

Americans Robbie Findley (#20) and Edson Buddle (#14) celebrate Buddle’s second goal in the USA’s 3-1 win over Australia in their final World Cup warm up match in Sandton, South Africa on 5/6/10. Images via Daylife/Getty

The good ole US of A: they’ve brought us hot dogs, apple pie and some game that looks like cricket, (but totally isn’t).

And that’s not all! America also has the USMNT – a group who sailed through World Cup qualifying and impressed everyone in their runners-up showing in last summer’s Confederations Cup.

Let’s take a look at the glorious melting pot that is the five hottest fellas wearing the stars and stripes in South Africa this month:

Carlos Bocanegra

Captain America himself, and a long-time Kickette obsession, Bocamuffin simply must grace the top of this list. He’s been a favourite of ours since his days at Fulham and the delish Rennes defender has been the subject of our “Mmm” posts more times than we care to count.

Other plus points: Carlos appreciates fashion. (Or at least appreciates it enough to turn up and get a free suit out of a deal.) His status as the perfect man is a done deal – just as soon as we get word he has the ability to unwrap and feed us a Magnum in less then 10 seconds.

Benny Feilhaber

Brazilian-born Benny had us from the get go. See how well the AGF Aarhus midfielder has coordinated his jersey to his “yeah, you would” gorgeous blue eyes? He’s thinking of us, and our fash-needs Kickettes. We also know that Benny is not afraid to be silly. Nor does he appear to be afraid of webcams.

Note: A little more work with that there webcam, Benny, and you’ll be shortlisted for The Finest Five in no time.

Oguchi Onyewu

He has posed naked. More than once.  We could just stop there.

For those grabbies that need more info, here you go: Gooch had a bit of a rough 09/10 season, appearing in only two matches with AC Milan before being side-lined with a nasty knee injury. Thankfully, he and his pectoral powers are on the South Africa A-List, and if the don’t F with me beard is anything to go by, he’s going to have a good tournament. If all else fails, it’s comforting to know he has a future as a nude model.

Tim Howard

The Everton keeper is a bit of an under-the-radar hottie, no? He fulfills all of the Kickette cute-list requirements:  gorgeous smile, chocolatey bedroom eyes, a charitable side, and the ability to produce near-edible children.

Plus, we’ve got a thing about goalkeepers. And their gloves.

Stuart Holden

We couldn’t leave this list without a baby-faced hottie – that would be downright illegal. So, we give you Scottish-born Stu as our “innocent until we make him guilty”  selection.

The Bolton midfielder also fulfills the the role of “dorky hottie”, as evidenced by this random photo of him shirtless on a beach with… Tropical birds. We have no idea either, but we don’t care. Look at his abs.

PS: Follow Stu on Twitter here.

Who are your favourite American players, Kickettes?

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41 Responses to “Oh, Say Can You See: The 5 Hottest USA World Cup Footballers”

  1. Lauren says:

    Sure, he’s older, but Landon Donovan has that sexy-serious-team-captain-have-you-seen-his-quirky-smile thing going on.

  2. tgb says:

    bocamuffin?!! LMAO!!! i heart carlos, you heart carlos, therefore i double heart kickette. bocamuffin. genius.

  3. Mona says:

    LOVE the USMNT and so many to choose from but Clint is just love. Stu is ridiculous but yes. Carlos, Carlos, Carlos. You have to listen to Spector speak!!! His accent is fab and he should be on the list. AGREED Benny & Howard have stunning eyes. Torres is such a cutie and Michael Bradley is fierce with that hard stare and attitude.

  4. dcubetcha says:

    edson buddle is SEXY, straight up. and steve cherundolo is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute. adorable. too short to be hot, but cute nonetheless.

    and carlos wins by default duh.

  5. senora ramos says:

    i also nom deuce and johnny b (not for his skills at lb, just for the looks :)

  6. Texan says:

    Why has no one mentioned Jose Torres!!!

  7. wanniemelon says:

    michael bradley, aHEM!!

  8. caitanya says:

    Considering i have lived in the usa most of my life and i have no idea who any of these guys are is not a shame to me. But whoa, benny failhaber is pretty damn cute.

  9. Rusty (Mrs Clemens F says:

    My mother and I got rid of a ton of my clothing last week and now there's enough room in my closet for a Feilhaber shirt ;)

    • Rusty (Mrs Clemens F says:

      Plus, I sleep alone in a queen-sized bed, so there's also enough room for a Feilhaber…

  10. teenny says:

    Needs Deuce for sure and some Michael Bradley and Mo Edu and all the other hotties

  11. Lu says:

    Edson Buddle and Maurice Edu are freakin gorgeous. I love Benny's eyes and Stuart Holden is just too cute. I love the whole team really. Gooch is a given. That man is FINE!!

  12. Jasmine says:

    I am not a huge fan of american footballers. :P

  13. Rosey says:

    Carlos Bocanegra is yum :)

  14. Yasmin says:

    Clint Dempsey should definitely be on the list!

  15. barca4ever says:

    waiting for the spanish and italy ………and what about a world cup hottest five

  16. barca4ever says:

    waiting for the spanish and italy ………and what about a world cuo hottest five :o

  17. Venice says:

    Clint??? Where is he?? Clint Dempsey the Deuce? </3 :-(

  18. C16 says:

    Hello there Benny ;) !!!

  19. Tammyv says:

    I believe that the list needs expanding to 23 US boys and we will be fine

  20. Cielo says:

    Subtract Stu Holden and Tim Howard and then add Edson Buddle and Maurice Edu and you've got one fine looking squad! Proud of how good looking my national team it :)

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  22. Difficult Diva says:

    Oguchi, Carlos anf Tim are my top favorite USA players. I'm hoping and praying that they and their fellow teammates perform well in their upcoming matches. Even if that means elimating England.

  23. MUfcYanksGirl says:

    Thank you so much for putting Stu on here!! AMAZING!

  24. NandosGirl says:

    I've always had a thing for Stu. He's adorable. Utterly. Freakin. Adorable.

    Gooch, Boca, and Benny, good choices. And I'm so glad Timmy makes this list. I've never been sure why I find him attractive. I'm still not. But hell, at least I'm not alone.

  25. TristaJade says:

    Umm, love all of my USMNT boys. :D Esp. Benny and Carlos. Whew, they are hot. And Stu is fabulous. Would like to add Clint Dempsey, however. His badass attitude is really hot.

  26. sana says:

    i´ll take my nigerian guy Oguchi Onyewu.

  27. Zlatanista says:

    No, don´t get Bocanegra. But Benny Feilhaber!! Hello there! Gorgeous!

  28. kaya says:

    I really like this FF by country series. Good stuff.

    I wonder (but doubt) if other FA's provide "inside looks" at the players like the USSF (US Soccer Fed) does, but sure would be interested to find out. Could make some interesting stalking material.

    If you go to the ussoccer.com website and click on multimedia, there's something called Studio90 that includes some fun clips of the players talking casually with a reporter from their camp in South Africa. I mention this because there's one of Holden, and he seems as absolutely a-dork-able as he looks in that pic. He shows off the US game room and does a hilarious job "commentating" an EA vid game of Gooch and Edu playing Rangers vs Milan. Trivia: I never knew Gooch actually laughed until I saw it!

  29. Bocanegra just does nothing for me…sorry. But Edson Buddle, hellllooooooooooo!!!!! *wink*

  30. Michelle Jovin says:

    Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, and Clint Dempsey… Yummy :)

  31. sounderslove says:

    lmao at "innocent until we make him guilty." I'd volunteer.

  32. shay says:

    Love the list. Thanx for including my favorite cutie patootie Stu Holden! .

  33. HRH ROAR says:

    *puts benny felihaber on to-watch-and-mentally-undress list*

  34. coconuta says:

    Bocanegra and Buddle are wowowowowowow (ad infinitum)…

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  37. Ella says:

    Love the headline, Kickette! Great list, can't say I would change it much. I like Benny a lot, he reminds me of an american Gourcuff. I like him better with a little hair, like in this vid:


  38. senora ramos says:

    i'll take them all, thanks! kickette i <3 your choices!! come on you yanks!