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Top 10 famous players playing in MLS

Sun 20 March 2022 | 7:00

Today we are here to review a list full of stars and international heroes that are currently playing for the American famous soccer league, Major League Soccer; welcome to the top 10 famous players playing in MLS.

Many well-known names have appeared in Major League Soccer, particularly in recent years. The league as a whole is relatively new, but some of the sport's biggest legends have already played in it, and some of them have had a significant impact.

As the 2022 season approaches, many new athletes have joined the league, while others are settling in and preparing to shine in the upcoming season of this incredible competition.

Many websites have already talked about the top 10 most famous players in MLS history, but we are going to talk about those big players in MLS who are still in the league and are playing for its teams and clubs.

A list review of top 10 famous players playing in MLS

As mentioned previously, in this article of top 10 famous players playing in MLS. We are going to pull out the names of

big players in MLS

who are relatedly well-known to football enthusiasts. Thus, stay with us as we review the list and provide you with information about each.

Carles Gil

Gil entered Valencia CF's youth system when he was five years old. At the age of 17, he made his senior debut with the reserves, appearing in one game in Segunda División B before being promoted to the main team for the pre-seasons of 2010, 2011, and 2012, scoring the third goal in the latter against SV Rödinghausen (4–0 away win).

But he is most famous for his time with

Aston Villa

, even though in his 3 years with the club he only had 28 appearances. Gil signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League side Aston Villa on January 13, 2015, for a cost in the area of £3.2 million.

He was given the number 25 jersey. Four days later, he made his debut as a substitute for Ashley Westwood. Regardless of the outcome, manager Paul Lambert praised his performance, calling it "as excellent a debut as I've seen."

But now after all those years, he is playing for the American famous league

MLS

. Gil signed a multi-year contract with the New England Revolution on January 30, 2019, for a club-record transfer price of $2 million. On March 2, he made his Major League Soccer debut, equalizing in a 1–1 tie at FC Dallas.

Gil subsequently became the Revs' captain and had 10 goals and 14 assists in his rookie season, propelling the team to their first playoff appearance since 2015.

MLS Newcomer of the Year and Midnight Riders Man of the Year were among the honors he received for his efforts. Gil agreed to a new contract on May 24, 2021, that will keep him in the league until 2024; the pact upped his compensation from $2.7 million to $3.7 million, putting him in the top ten earners in the league.

Hany Mukhtar

Starting with Hertha BSC, and having a hard time with Benfica, Hany Mukhtar is the next candidate of the

big players in MLS

list.

Mukhtar started playing football at a young age, first with FC Stern Marienfelde. At the age of seven, he was recruited into Hertha BSC's youth academy, which was then in the Bundesliga.

He rose through the Hertha levels and led the club's U-17 squad to a Championship victory in 2012. He joined Hertha's reserves the following season and was unexpectedly called up to the main squad after Israeli international Ben Sahar was forced to miss a match for Yom Kippur.

Mukhtar came on as a replacement for Ronny in the final minute of Hertha's match against Dynamo Dresden, making him the club's second-youngest professional debutant.

Mukhtar signed a contract with Portuguese champions Benfica until 2020 on January 15, 2015. The transfer fee was rumored to be €500,000, and Hertha BSC was said to be interested in a possible resale.

Mukhtar made his reserve team debut on 10 April 2015, scoring a goal in a 2–2 home draw against Chaves in Segunda Liga. He made his debut appearance for the first team on May 23, as a substitute in a 4–1 home triumph over Maritimo in their last league match of the season.

Mukhtar became the first designated player in Nashville SC history on August 27, 2019. Mukhtar scored his first goal for Nashville in a 2–1 win over Atlanta United FC on September 12, 2020.

Mukhtar scored the first hat trick in Nashville SC history against Chicago Fire FC on July 17, 2021. Mukhtar scored in the 10th, 13th, and 16th minutes of the game, making it the fastest hat trick in MLS history. 

Johnny Russell

The next man on the list had played a long time for Dundee United but he is known for playing 5 years for

Derby County

and now is one of the big players in MLS.

Russell

signed a four-year contract with Derby County on June 10, 2013, for a cost of roughly £750,000. In a pre-season friendly against Irish side Bohemians, he scored twice.

Chris Martin, Conor Sammon, and Jamie Ward were Russell's competitors for a starting spot. Russell made his competitive debut on August 4th, scoring from the penalty spot in Derby's 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

On the 13th of August, he scored his fifth goal in four friendlies in the Bass Charity Vase final against Burton Albion, which Derby lost 3–2. Russell broke his left fibula during the game and was forced to miss six weeks of action.

Russell signed a three-year contract with Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer on January 31, 2018. On March 4, he made his Sporting debut in a 2–0 loss to New York City FC in the club's 2018 MLS season opener. Russell was named MLS Goal of the Week for his solo goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Does this athlete who is one of the

European players in MLS

, deserve to be on our list? He certainly does.

Nicolás Lodeiro

Lodeiro has played professionally in Uruguay, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, winning the Eredivisie twice with Ajax and the domestic double with Boca Juniors in 2015. He also won titles with Nacional and Botafogo, as well as the MLS Cups in 2016 and 2019.

Lodeiro has gained 60 caps for Uruguay since becoming a full international in 2009.

He has represented Uruguay in two FIFA World Cups, as well as four Copa América editions, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup when Uruguay placed fourth. He was also a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup fourth-place team and the 2011 Copa América champion.

As said previously he has played all around the world and is one of the

big players in MLS

.

Anton Walkes

Certainly, one of the newcomers, Anton Charles Walkes has a lot to prove in this league. Anton Charles Walkes currently plays for Major League Soccer club Charlotte FC as a defender and midfielder.

Walkes began his professional career with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, where he made one appearance in the League Cup. He was loaned to Atlanta United in 2017. His loan was extended until the end of the 2017 season in August.

Walkes was then loaned to League One side Portsmouth for the duration of the 2017–18 season, before signing a permanent deal with the club in July 2018. He stayed with Portsmouth for two more seasons before returning to Atlanta United in January 2020.

Emerson Hyndman

Hyndman

, who was born in Dallas, Texas, began his career with the Dallas Texans in the United States Soccer Development Academy before joining FC Dallas in 2010. Hyndman drew interest from Newcastle United during his tenure at FC Dallas when the director of football Dennis Wise saw him play, but Wise decided not to pursue him further.

Hyndman joined Fulham's youth academy in 2011 when he was 15 years old. Huw Jennings, the club's head of youth development at the time, persuaded Hyndman to join the club. Hyndman admitted that adjusting to life in England was difficult at first, but that owing to the club, he was able to adjust quickly.

And that was certainly the right decision as the English football league was what gave him that push he needed to start a career full of success.

Who knows maybe Fulham was the prime reason for him being one of the big players in MLS?

Maximiliano Moralez

One of the European players in MLS is Moralez but does he deserve to be among the big players in MLS? We will let you decide.

Moralez began his professional career in the Argentine Primera División with Racing Club in the 2005 Clausura campaign, where he drew 2–2 with Colón. Moralez was purchased by FC Moscow in 2007.

He was loaned back to Racing Team after barely half a season with the Russian club. During the 2007–08 season, Moralez helped his side avoid relegation by scoring the game-winning goal against Belgrano in the relegation playoff.

This is where he started his career and New York City FC is where he is shining right now putting himself among big players in MLS.

Blaise Matuidi

So famous that he needs an introduction and is one of the European players in MLS, one of the most famous ones.

Matuidi

began his football career in the Île-de-France region, where he played for amateur clubs such as US Fontenay-sous-Bois and CO Vincennois. He was accepted into the famous Clairefontaine academy in 1999. Matuidi joined Creteil, a semi-professional team, after leaving Clairefontaine and spent three years developing in the club's junior academy.

He signed a professional contract with Troyes in 2004 and made his professional debut in the 2004–05 season. Matuidi joined Saint-Etienne after three seasons with Troyes.

After participating in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup with Saint-Étienne, he played European football for the first time. Under manager Alain Perrin, he was selected first-choice captain for the 2009–10 season.

The midfielder signed a three-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain in July 2011 following four seasons with Saint-Étienne. During his career with the club, he won 16 domestic titles, including four consecutive Ligue 1 titles.

The 34-year-old joined Juventus in 2017 and won the domestic double in his debut season, followed by two more consecutive league titles and the 2018 Supercoppa Italiana in the next two seasons. In the summer of 2020, he joined MLS club Inter Miami.

Matuidi is a former France youth international, having played at the under-19 and under-21 levels for his country. Under new manager Laurent Blanc, Matuidi was called up to the senior team for the first time in August 2010.

He made his international debut in September 2010 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match and has since competed in two UEFA European Football Championships and two FIFA World Cups, gaining a runners-up medal at Euro 2016 and a winner's medal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain

This athlete is among the top 10 most famous players in MLS history on every website that has produced such lists and undoubtedly he does deserve to be on the list of big players in MLS.

Gonzalo Gerardo Higuain

is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Major League Soccer team Inter Miami and also serves as captain. Higuain is a prolific striker recognized for his eye for goal, muscular body, and aggressive movements. He is known as El Pipita or Pipa.

Higuain began his career with the Argentine club River Plate before joining Real Madrid for €12 million in January 2007. He won multiple domestic trophies in Spain, including three La Liga titles, and he scored 107 goals in 190 league matches.

In July 2013, he moved to Napoli for €40 million, where he won the Coppa Italia in his first season. He scored 36 league goals in the 2015–16 season, winning the Capocannoniere and tying Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for most goals in an Italian top-flight season.

Juventus

purchased him for €90 million in 2016 as a result of his goal-scoring heroics in Naples, making him one of the most expensive football transfers of all time and the most expensive transfer for an Italian club. In his first two seasons with Juventus, he won domestic doubles and helped the club reach the 2017 Champions League final.

Higuain made his full international debut for Argentina in 2009, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and three Copa América tournaments, assisting Argentina to achieve second-place finishes in the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa América, and 2016 Copa América Centenario.

Javier Hernández

The last man on the list is the greatest of big players in MLS.

Javier Hernandez Balcazar

(Spanish: tiny pea) is a Mexican striker who currently plays for the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer and the Mexican national team.

In 2006, at the age of 18, Hernández made his senior club debut for Guadalajara, where he won the Primera Division. Hernández joined

Manchester United

in 2010, making him the club's first Mexican player.

During his five years with United, he made over 150 games and scored 59 goals, earning two Premier League titles and reaching the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, as well as achieving the league's fifth-best minutes-per-goal ratio (130.2). In 2014, Hernández went on loan to Real Madrid, then in 2015, he signed a permanent agreement with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Mexican returned to England two years later and joined West Ham United. He joined Sevilla in 2019 before joining LA Galaxy the following year.

Hernández is a Mexican international who holds the record for most goals scored in a single season. In September 2009, he made his national team debut in a friendly match against Colombia.

He has played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup, Copa América Centenario, 2017, FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2018 FIFA World Cup for Mexico.

With seven goals, he led the 2011 Gold Cup scoring and was voted the tournament's most valuable player.

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