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The Best MLS Players Of All Time

February 18, 2020 2.7k votes 118 voters76 items

The best players in MLS history have been a part of helping Major League Soccer compete with other top sports leagues in the U.S. for fans and acclaim. Top MLS stars and leading scorers, like Landon Donovan and David Beckham, have helped make the league legitimate in the eyes of international competitors, and much of the league's success over the years can be attributed to its biggest stars.

In addition to famous modern players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the higest paid player in the game, and Bradley Wright-Phillips, a top MLS goal scorer, the history of the league is riddled with popular players whose talent and skill on the pitch have made them among the best in Major League soccer, players like forward Robbie Keane, defender Eddie Pope, and goalkeepers Tony Meola and Andre Blake.

So check out this list of the best players ever to lace up their cleats in Major League Soccer and vote up the stars you think have helped put MLS on the map. If there are any players you think deserve to be here who aren't, feel free to add them below. Who are the best MLS players of all time?

 

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    BirthplaceMontego Bay, Jamaica

    NationalityJamaica

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    Steve Ralston

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceOakville, St. Louis, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    15

    Ben Olsen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Josef Martínez

    Forward

    BirthplaceValencia, Venezuela

    NationalityVenezuela

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    2

    Clint Dempsey

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNacogdoches, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    #98 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#55 of 84 The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time

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    C. J. Brown

    Defender

    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Piotr Nowak

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePabianice, Poland

    NationalityUnited States of America,Poland

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    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

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    Tim Howard

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNorth Brunswick Township, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    #109 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#25 of 176 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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    BirthplaceArlington Heights, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    4

    Damir Kreilach

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceVukovar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

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    Michael Bradley

    Midfielder

    BirthplacePrinceton, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Brad Davis

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSaint Charles, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    BirthplaceSan Miguel, El Salvador

    NationalityEl Salvador

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    BirthplaceSan Salvador, El Salvador

    NationalityEl Salvador

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    2
    4

    Edson Buddle

    Forward

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey

    NationalityAmerican

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    BirthplaceMalmö Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    Miguel Almiron

    Midfielder
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    Maximiliano Moralez

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGranadero Baigorria, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

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    Stefan Frei

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceAltstätten, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland

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    Guillermo Barros Schelotto

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLa Plata, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

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    Jason Kreis

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Carlos Vela

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCancún, Mexico

    NationalitySpain, Mexico

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    Robin Fraser

    Defender

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    NationalityUnited States of America, Jamaica