Celebrating the American Rangers stars on Independence Day
3 Dec 2000: Claudio Reyna of Rangers appeals as he is sent-off during the Scottish Premier Division match against Hearts played at Tynecastle, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rangers won the match 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Stuart Franklin /Allsport

Celebrating the American Rangers stars on Independence Day

As Americans around the world celebrate their independence from Britain on the 4th of July, it’s the chance to look at the (mostly) star-spangled contributions from our own Stateside soccer stars.
Rangers have a proud history of players from the United States, stretching all the way back to the 90s and up to the present day.
So as our American cousins raise a glass of bourbon and celebrate their country, we raise one to the eight noble, apple pie eating all-American heroes who’ve worn the royal blue. God speed!

Can you name the three former Gers players in this USA lineup? (Photo by Wade Jackson/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Claudio Reyna – (1999-2001) – £2.5m from Wolfsburg

The first (recorded) American to play for Rangers, Claudio Reyna left a big impression in the two years he spent at Ibrox.
A right-back turned midfielder who was as technically gifted as he was a hard worker, he could pass, defend, shoot and score.
The American will always be remembered for THAT goal in a 2-0 Ibrox win over Italian club Parma.

Claudio Reyna in action for Rangers against Bayern Munich. (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

DaMarcus Beasley (2007-2010) – £700k from Manchester City

DaMarcus Beasley was a spritely winger with the penchant for an incredible goal and a work-rate which is becoming something of a consistent trait amongst our American stars.
An icon for the United States, the left-footer won four trophies at Ibrox and played an important role during his time at the club.
Beasley is remembered most fondly for scoring in the famous 3-0 win away to Lyon in the Champions League. Rangers have also clearly never left the likeable wide man.

And Beasley makes it three… (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Maurice Edu (2008-2012) – £2.6m from Toronto.

Our longest-serving American player and the most expensive ever Yankee signing.
A combative midfielder who worked hard to secure a first-team place in the side, Edu was always popular amongst Rangers fans.
He won three-in-a-row under Walter Smith, also picked up two league cups and of course, sent Ibrox into delirium with a last-minute winner against them.
He too remains a passionate follower of the club during his retirement.

Carlos Bocanegra (2011-12) – undisclosed from St. Etienne

Carlos Bocanegra’s time at Ibrox might’ve been short, but he left a lasting impression on the club and its supporters.
A fan favourite, Bocanegra was part of the side during one of the most tumultuous in our history. Whilst he didn’t stick around in D3, he had the pleasure of captaining the club on a few occasions.
And what a partnership he had with Dorin Goian by the way.

Bocanegra impressed whilst at Rangers. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Alejandro Bedoya (2011-12) – undisclosed from Orebro

The first of our USA imports who never set the heather alight at Ibrox, Bedoya played 12 times for Rangers and scored only once.
It’s a shame because there was a lot of hype surrounding the midfielder. He returned to Sweden with Helsingborgs after leaving Rangers in 2012, before joining Nantes in France.
He is now playing for Philadelphia Union in the US and has 66 caps for the United States.

Bedoya in a pre-season friendly with Liverpool. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Gedion Zelalem (2015-16) – loan from Arsenal

The Arsenal youngster was signed by Mark Warburton with Rangers languishing in the Scottish Championship.
The young playmaker was only a teenager but showed flashes of what he was capable of whilst at Rangers.
Now back in the US with Sporting Kansas City, fans will best remember him for being the coolest head in the house when he calmly converted a penalty in the Scottish Cup shootout victory over Celtic in 2016.

Zelalem did ok during his time at Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Emerson Hyndman (2017) – loan from Bournemouth

The talented Texan playmaker was signed on-loan in January as Rangers toiled in the league and struggled for creativity.
Whilst he couldn’t hold back the tides that year, Hyndman really impressed at Ibrox. The youngster’s four goals in 17 appearances earned him our Young Player of the Year.
He has since been back in Scotland on-loan at Hibs and is now on-loan at Frank de Boer’s Atlanta United.

Emerson Hyndman played some of the best football of his career at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Matt Polster (2019 – current) – free from Chicago Fire

Matt Polster is the latest arrival at Ibrox from the USA, and there’s probably not been a player yet who most embodies that bright-eyed American boy than the full-back-turned-midfielder.
Polster made his debut against Hearts last season, but will now be looking for more opportunities this season.
Could he be the next American star to make the grade at Ibrox?