Major League Soccer — Players Worth the Price of Admission
The World Cup has come and gone, but unlike our European counterparts who are in the off-season, American soccer fans they can get right back into the swing of things with MLS action. For a quick catch up on what’s going on in the MLS:
– the Impact and Dynamo are bad
– the Sounders are good
– Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the league in goals
– you can’t score on Eric Kronberg
Now if you’re looking for some top tier play in the MLS, these days that’s available to you as well. There is a lot of talent in the league you wouldn’t have seen 6-7 years ago, so let’s take a look at some of the guys that are worth the price of admission.
Obafemi Martins/Clint Dempsey
The Seattle Sounders strike force is a big reason why the Sounders lead Major League Soccer in goals scored, with 17 between the two. Dempsey was brought into Seattle after six seasons in London playing for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. Martins has played for Inter Milan and Newcastle United, and his partnership with Dempsey makes the Sounders the most exciting teams to watch in the league. Couple that with the great atmosphere you get at CenturyLink Field, and it’s impossible to not have a great experience at a Sounders game.
Another former Tottenham star, Keane has ripped through the MLS since his introduction to the Galaxy a few years ago. Keane has made a big impact, scoring 51 goals in 81 MLS games thus far, as well as winning two MLS Championships. Keane is a master passer as well, and he’s one of the most technically gifted players to ever come out of Ireland. When Keane, Donovan and Beckham were all on the field at the same time, it was beautiful to watch.
Defoe is the newest big addition to Major League Soccer, and he’s proven to be worth every dollar thus far. Another former Tottenham player, Defoe scored 152 goals in his Premier League career that spanned 16 seasons. He’s a striker in every sense, and can finish from any spot in the box. Defoe is diminutive in stature, but has scored 11 goals in 13 games so far in Major League soccer. He might be the best goal scorer in the league at the moment.
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Another player making the move from England, Wright-Phillips comes from a pedigree of football. His father scored over 100 goals for Arsenal in the 90s and played for the England national team, while his older brother currently plays for Queens Park Rangers after spells at Manchester City and Chelsea. This season for the Red Bulls, Wright has scored 17 goals to the league by three. He plays alongside the aforementioned Thierry Henry, so if you want to see good football, make your way to Harrison, NJ.
David Villa/Frank Lampard
These two won’t play in the MLS until next season, but they’re two huge gets for the nascent New York City FC. Villa is a top-notch Spanish striker who just featured in a Champions League final, and Lampard is a Chelsea legend. Both are being paid a lot to come to the United States, but they’ll definitely be worth the price of admission in 2015.