5 Dangerously Good Young MLS Offensive Players
5 Dangerous Young MLS Attackers
It is relatively common knowledge that players like Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan, Marco Di Vaio, Mike Magee and Robbie Keane are some of the most dangerous forwards in Major League Soccer. What may not be as well known, though, are some of the up-and-coming attacking players who have proven to be game-changers for their respective clubs during the 2013 season.
In today's modern game, too many MLS clubs are focused on spending big money on players from Europe and South America to bolster their attacking options, that they often times forget about the players sitting right in their own backyard. It is obvious that players like David Beckham, Tim Cahill, Henry and Keane have changed the dynamic of how people view the MLS. Fans are happy with these big names making their way across the pond to play in the states. These players tend to play for only a few seasons and then retire. Instead, fans would love to see big-time players come and play a majority, if not all of their career, here in the U.S.
Is it impossible for fans to get quality and quantity? Currently, yes. With how fast the league is growing, however, one could assume this reality may begin to occur sooner rather than later.
Several young and talented players in the league have begun in Europe and made their switch early enough in their careers that they are viewed as being raised in MLS. Landon Donovan and Taylor Twellman are excellent examples of this movement.
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5. Will Bruin
When you are 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, it is often hard to stop you, especially when you can jump up high for headers. Bruin has slowly but surely emerged as one of the lead points of attack for the Dynamo after an eight-goal 2013 season. He also set a franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions during the 2012 season, scoring 12 regular-season goals and four in the playoffs.
4. Darlington Nagbe
Nagbe is by far one of the fastest and most exciting players to watch in MLS. He netted nine goals and four assists for the Timbers in 2013. His play helped lead Portland on a 15-game unbeaten streak during the season.
3. Deshorn Brown
A product of the Jamaican national team and University of Central Florida, Brown has taken it upon himself to carry the scoring duties in Colorado, registering 10 goals during the 2013 season. Did I mention that he is only a rookie? Yeah, this kid can play soccer.
2. Diego Fagundez
A perfect example of a homegrown player, Fagundez has emerged as the primary scorer for the Revolution since it was announced that Juan Agudelo will leave the club in January for the English Premier League. Fagundez finished the 2013 season fifth in the league with 13 goals.
1. Jack McInerney
Any time a player can skip over college soccer and go straight to the pros, you know he must be good. McInerney not only bypassed the chance to play college soccer, but was also a consistent fixture for the U-17 U.S. National Team before signing with Philadelphia. His 12 goals in 2013 were eighth-best in the league.