A veteran of the USA national team, South Africa 2010 would surely be Frankie Hejduk’s last run-out on the world’s biggest stage. A roving wide player, who can line up at full-back or in midfield, he still has bags of pace and can offer leadership in what is largely a youthful USA side.
After two years with the now-defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny in Major league Soccer (MLS), Hejduk’s performances for the USA caught the eye of the powers that be at German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, where he spent an unhappy and unproductive spell from 1998 to 2002. A brief stint in Switzerland followed before a move back to MLS and Columbus Crew in 2003, where Hejduk captained the Ohio side to their first MLS crown in 2008.
Making his first cap for the United States back in 1996, Hejduk has amassed no less than 85 caps for the USA, scoring seven goals. He has played in three CONCACAF Gold cup-winning USA sides, in 2002 2005 and 2007, and played at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan™. He missed out four years later on the finals in Germany only after suffering a serious knee injury.