MLS: Top 5 Exciting Foreign Player Signings

MLS: Top 5 Exciting Foreign Player Signings

Beckham: 2011 MLS Cup - Houston Dynamo v Los Angeles Galaxy
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup has brought an unprecedented amount of attention to soccer in the USA. With soccer's new found popularity, the MLS seem poised to make some big moves for some European stars. It is an exciting time to be an MLS fan, as players like Frank Lampard and Xavi Hernandez are rumored to be interested in a move to the U.S. This is a list of the five most exciting international signings that the MLS has made in its recent history.

5. David Villa (New York City FC)

David Villa: Club Atletico de Madrid v Barcelona - Spanish Super Cup
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5. David Villa (New York City FC)

David Villa: Club Atletico de Madrid v Barcelona - Spanish Super Cup
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David Villa has signed for the newly created New York City FC. The Spanish all-time goal scoring record holder’s arrival is heavily anticipated by American soccer fans. The former Valencia FC striker opted to sign for the New York City based club to increase the profile of the MLS. With the current excitement for soccer in the U.S., David Villa's signing is surely causing a buzz across the country.

4. Robbie Keane (La Galaxy)

Robbie Keane: 2012 MLS Cup - Houston Dynamo v Los Angeles Galaxy
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4. Robbie Keane (La Galaxy)

Robbie Keane: 2012 MLS Cup - Houston Dynamo v Los Angeles Galaxy
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The arrival of Robbie Keane did not warrant the fanfare that some of the other players on this list did, but his impact as a player cannot be argued. The Irish captain was unwanted by the clubs in Europe and reluctantly arrived to Los Angeles. The former Tottenham Hotspurs player has gone on to win back-to-back MLS Cups. Keane’s soccer abilities have improved the quality of the game in the MLS.

3. Kaka (Orlando City)

Kaka: Real Madrid CF v Ajax Amsterdam - UEFA Champions League
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3. Kaka (Orlando City)

Kaka: Real Madrid CF v Ajax Amsterdam - UEFA Champions League
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The Brazilian playmaker has been plagued by injuries since he joined Real Madrid CF in 2008, but his reputation as one of the most exciting and creative playmaker has stayed intact. The former Brazilian No. 10 agreed to sign for Beckham’s Orlando City and became their first designated player. The signature of Kaka has added to the current excitement the U.S. has for soccer.

2. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

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2. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Thierry Henry: Colorado Rapids v New York Red Bulls
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The Arsenal FC legend was another great signing by the MLS, when the league was beginning to look like an attractive destination for older European players. In many ways, Thierry Henry was the New York Red Bulls answer to David Beckham’s arrival in Los Angeles. Henry is still playing at a relatively high level for the Red Bulls and his arrival encouraged other European stars to consider the MLS as an option.

1. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)

David Beckham: Colorado Rapids v Los Angeles Galaxy
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1. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)

David Beckham: Colorado Rapids v Los Angeles Galaxy
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David Beckham is definitely the biggest soccer star to come to the MLS. The former Real Madrid CF midfielder’s popularity is hard to match. Beckham and his family’s arrival sparked a reality T.V. show documenting their move to the U.S. When the former English captain warmed up before his LA Galaxy debut, the crowd cheered louder than they had for any goal in the MLS. Beckham’s arrival was one of the most exciting deals in sports history.

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