6 MLS All-Stars Who Could Cut It in the Premier League
Under normal circumstances, any conversation regarding the MLS and English Premier League will usually concern which slightly over-the-hill EPL veteran will next decide to see out the remainder of his career in America.
Having said that, it's important to remember that there has been an underrated flow going in the other direction for several years now.
Players like Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard and Landon Donovan (on loan) are all quality players who have had a positive impact on Premier League clubs.
With that being said, who could cut it from the 2012 MLS All-Star team?
Let's take a look.
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Some will doubt the validity of Wondolowski's true ability, since he isn't the most athletic or the fastest player around.
However, he has an insatiable thirst for goal, and an uncanny knack for getting into excellent positions to finish.
Far and away the league's leading scorer with 14 goals, Wondolowski would find a way to make it in the EPL, since there are plenty of teams who would covet his predatory ability.
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This was perhaps the most obvious choice for the list.
It's a well-known fact that Donovan can cut it in the EPL. He's done it twice now in two loan stints with Everton, in two successful forays into the most competitive league in the world.
The best player in American history has what it takes—now how long before he's back in England?
Dwayne De Rosario
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It remains a mystery why De Rosario never got a chance with an English team.
He has certainly proven himself time and again. The defending MLS MVP can do it all.
He can score (including clutch MLS All-Star goals), pass, move, defend and essentially do anything else that needs to be done for his team to win.
If I were a relegation-threatened English team, there's no reason why I wouldn't try to get De Rosario in my squad.
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Cameron typifies a newer generation of American soccer players who are athletic and skilled.
The Massachusetts native has improved by leaps and bounds since being drafted in the third round of the 2008 MLS Super Draft.
By now, the 6'3" center-back is an all-action, no-nonsense force who would be a great addition to any English defense.
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Underrated for years, Alonso is starting to get the credit he deserves.
Arguably the best holding midfielder in MLS, Alonso rarely misplaces the ball and is a fulcrum in the Seattle midfield.
However, his best attributes come defensively.
He can tackle, obviously, but he has an amazing positional sense and makes clutch interceptions regularly.
Alonso could jump right into a fair few teams across the Atlantic, and before long he may very well do that.
When I said Landon Donovan was the most obvious choice for this list, I was wrong.
It's Thierry Henry.
Last season, the former Arsenal ace returned to his old club on loan. While perhaps not as pacy as he once was, he still showed his finishing skills are in order.
He could, without a doubt, hop right back into the lineup at the Emirates and put up 20 goals. It wouldn't be something that's in Arsenal's best long-term interests, but it would be fascinating to watch.
Henry wouldn't disappoint.