John Harkes (born March 8, 1967) is a retired American soccer player who is currently serving as head coach for Greenville Triumph SC.A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Harkes was the first American ever to play in the English Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday, the second American to score at Wembley Stadium, and the first American soccer player to appear in the final of a major English tournament, in the 1991 Football League Cup Final with Wednesday.
After moving to Major League Soccer in 1996, he won two MLS Cup titles with D.C.
A mainstay in the U.S.
national team midfield for most of the 1990s, Harkes appeared in two FIFA World Cup tournaments.
He was named the team's "Captain for Life" by then-head coach Steve Sampson before having that title stripped from ahead of the 1998 World Cup.
Harkes ended his national team career with 90 caps and 6 goals.
Following his retirement, he served as a color commentator for ESPN's coverage of MLS and U.S.
international matches, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup.