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Top 15 Soccer Players Who Should Transfer to MLS

Soccer agents will trot out the old line their client is looking for “a new challenge” whenever they fatten up their own bank accounts and make a move to a new club. But a move to the MLS can only mean one of the following: they need to play a lot more football, are over 30 and want to have a guarantee of a longer contract, or have been stuck in the European soccer bubble for far too long.

Putting aside the world of fantasy for one moment where Lionel Messi is lining up for the LA Galaxy against Cristiano Ronaldo’s New York Red Bulls, there is a wealth of talent across the EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 to consider. Squads are limited to 25 in Europe, which squeezes out a host of players who could tear up the Major League Soccer competition.

The influx of stars like Giovani Dos Santos and Sebastian Giovinco in their 20s tells us the MLS is fed up paying for players who have past their used-by date. OK they’re still guilty of that to a degree (Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba), but they are the top shelf purchases and marketable stars that make people tune in from all corners of the globe. You can’t blame them for dipping their toes in the stardust every so often.

While the franchises battle it out for conference supremacy and finals places in 2015, only one team will fulfill their ambition and become champions. That leaves 19 clubs to pick up the pieces and find a solution.

But where? Who? Relax, we’ve got you covered. Here are the Top 15 Soccer Players Who Should Transfer To MLS.

15 15. Fraizer Campbell

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14 14. Lucas Leiva

13 13. Emmanuel Adebayor

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12 12. Marvin Emnes

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11 11. Ashley Cole

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10 10. Hamit Altintop

9 9. Steven Naismith

8 8. Charles N’Zogbia

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7 7. Tomas Rosicky

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6 6. Denis Cheryshev

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5 5. Nuri Sahin

4 4. Victor Valdes

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3 3. Jeremy Menez

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2 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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1 1. Yaya Toure

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Coming in at number one is Yaya Toure, the dynamic Ivorian midfielder who bosses his EPL opposition with late runs into the box and deft touch under pressure. Manchester City would be very reluctant to sell, but the wealthiest club in England knew Yaya has been angling for a move ever since he threw a tantrum at the end of last season when the club didn’t give the player a cake for his birthday. Besides that, we know they can afford a replacement and Toure is at a time of his career where a change would be as good as a holiday. Any team with Yaya would lift 15-20% in a heartbeat.

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