player and author of 'Captain
For Life (and Other Temporary Assignments)'.
was the first true US soccer superstar
. Shining in the US
team in the 1990 World Cup, he transferred to Sheffield Wednesday
the following season, and played a key part in their League Cup
win over Manchester United
in 1991, scoring the Goal Of The Season
en route (a 30-yard piledriver
against Derby County
, beating the great Peter Shilton
, no less!).
John was part of the great Wednesday midfield
of 1990-93, under Ron Atkinson
and Trevor Francis
- a midfield consisting of Chris Waddle
, John Sheridan
himself and Carlton Palmer
. His workrate
and passion were unsurpassed, and his stature in his homeland increased to the point where he was named captain
for the 1994 World Cup
, which the US hosted.
John left Wednesday
in 1993 to sign for Derby County
, a move that did not really come off for either the player or his new club, and it was no surprise when he was signed by Washington DC United
as one of the flagship players in the fledgling MLS
back in his home country. With Harkes at the helm, DC United
won two MLS titles and the CONCACAF
Federation cup. Meanwhile, the national team again qualified for World Cup France '98
, but tactical
arguments with the team manager saw John dropped from the squad and stripped of the captaincy, hence the title of his autobiography
John currently plays for New England Revolution
in the MLS.