Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
D.O.B: 10 May 1983
Ricardo Clark - A strong, bruising midfielder who is charged with chasing down and winning the ball in the middle of the action, Clark is also known for a screaming long-range shot that he has at times uncorked to good effect, such as the game-winning goal versus Trinidad and Tobago.
Despite his enforcer duties as a defensive midfielder, Clark has shown a good eye for a timely outlet pass, triggering counterattacks. In particular, he helped Landon Donovan on the breakaway goal Donovan scored against Brazil in the Confederations Cup.
Though came out of a little-known college, Furman, Clark established himself as a quality player in Major League Soccer in short order upon joining the league in 2003. However, he really excelled with the Houston Dynamo, helping them to two championships in 2006 and 2007.
Internationally, Clark has often ceded his place on the field to USA players with more international experience, but of late, has often been a first-choice pick in the starting lineup. His recent signing with Eintracht Frankfurt will likely cement his role on the US team if Clark can gain steady playing time in the Bundesliga.
Did you know? Clark holds the record for longest suspension in MLS, earned for kicking a player on the ground.