MLS: 5 Stars Who Are Destined to Move to Europe Soon

Ned HarwoodContributor IIIJuly 12, 2012

MLS: 5 Stars Who Are Destined to Move to Europe Soon

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    Although Major League Soccer has been labeled a "retirement home" by many, there are still plenty of bright young stars that can completely contradict that label.

    There might be more interest in young MLS talents right now than there ever has been before, and the league very well could become a strong feeder league to Europe in the next few years.

    Here are five high-potential talents that are the most likely to earn a move to big European leagues in the upcoming years. Enjoy!

Honorable Mention

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    Juan Agudelo

    Luis Gil

    CJ Sapong

    Lee Nguyen

    Graham Zusi

    Omar Salgado

    Darlington Nagbe

Darren Mattocks

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    Arguably the Rookie of the Year so far, Mattocks is probably already gaining looks from outside MLS.

    His sheer ridiculous athleticism, as can be seen here, would be enough for a top club to take a chance on him, and try to develop his skills and make him a star.

    He has six goals this season in nine appearances, and has all the capabilities to lead a competitive Whitecaps attack in goals this season.

    Although he is probably not likely to make the move until at least next summer, Mattocks has a bright European future ahead of him.  

Geoff Cameron

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    The rumors have been circling for weeks now, and Geoff Cameron seems all but out of Houston.

    Stoke City has already offered 2.7 million for the US international, and the decision now is in the hands of Major League soccer.

    This would be a great next step for the USMNT defender, who could use this opportunity at enhanced competition to develop his skills and solidify himself as Carlos Bocanegra’s successor at USMNT CB. 

Brek Shea

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    The Texas native already has some experience overseas as he trained with Arsenal last winter in preparation for the MLS season.

    His size and athleticism are things that might attract some European suitors in a few years as his contract at FCD begins to wind down.

    Shea has had injuries and suspensions to deal with, resulting in his statistics dipping a little from his stellar 2011.

    However, if Klinsmann continues to give Shea some playing time at the international level, there are bound to be teams interested in signing the big winger. 

Saer Sene

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    While Sene has only been in MLS for a few months, anyone who has watched the Frenchman play knows he is destined to compete in a bigger league someday.

    His speed has caused problems for nearly every team in the league, and his eight goals this season lands him in the top ten for scoring.

    Simply put, it might be a quick tenure in MLS for Saer Sene considering the great success he has had so far. 

Fredy Montero

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    Fredy Montero has been one of the league’s premier forwards for three and a half years now, and is undoubtedly the player that has been most linked to Europe on this list.

    Soon to be 25, it shouldn’t be much longer before Montero decides to make the much-anticipated jump across the Atlantic and test out Europe.

    Dutch giants Ajax are apparently interested in the stud forward, but considering the Sounders are in the middle of a cup run and MLS season, the January transfer window would be the most logical time for a move.