10 Young MLS Stars Who Will End Up Playing Europe
There are some top young talents in the MLS who could feature in Europe at some point in their career.
Young players like Jozy Altidore and Stuart Holden have been in Europe for a few years and could be followed by many more former MLS players.
The players on this list are either 23 years of age or under and have some bright futures ahead of them.
They are all highly regarded in the MLS and could soon be making their name in Europe thanks to the flashes of talent they have shown in their careers so far.
Where exactly they will end up is anyone's guess,, but these players have the skill to play in Europe.
Here are 10 young MLS stars who will end up playing Europe.
Andy Najar received some pretty high praise from a former MLS player Santino Quaranta. During an interview presented on blackandredunited.com, Quaranta had this to say about Najar.
"He's an unbelievable kid and I look at guys in England like, [Aaron] Lennon and [Theo] Walcott, and I will go on record and say I think he has more potential than Walcott."
That is high praise indeed. Najar constantly makes a difference against opponents with his speed and dribbling skills and was once the Rookie of the Year.
The 19-year-old Honduran will be putting his skills on display during the Olympics.
Danny Mwanga needs to get better in front of goal with only 13 goals in 67 appearances. He is only 20 years old, though, so the Congolese forward still has time.
With his physical build, 6' 2" and 175 pounds, Mwanga can be a really powerful presence and has solid technical skill as well.
FC Dallas has a bright young talent in young forward Fabian Castillo. The Colombian youngster played for one of country's biggest clubs, Deportivo Cali, and is looking to make his mark in the US.
Finishing is still an issue for the youngster, but his other talents, notably speed, dribbling and his creative instincts, make him a great prospect.
Omar Gonzalez has been a fixture for the LA Galaxy since entering the league in 2009. The 23-year-old is strong in the air and a very solid defender on the ground, despite not being one of the fastest players on the pitch.
Gonzalez was unlucky to have a spell with FC Nurnberg end before it began, but he will certainly get his chance to impress in Europe again should he continue the form that saw him named the MLS Defender of the Year in 2011.
There is a lot of buzz surrounding 22-year-old Brek Shea and it's easy to see why. Despite being 6'4", the FC Dallas attacker has good skills on the ball and a decent amount of pace as well.
He has increased his goal tally in each season so far at his club, and it may only be a matter of time before he makes it to Europe permanently. He did spend some time training with Arsenal towards the end of last year.
Luis Gil is the youngest player on this list at 18 years of age. The young Real Salt Lake midfielder was linked to Arsenal back in 2009.
Despite his young age, Gil has seen some major playing time for Real Salt Lake and continues to show his creative skills and work ethic in midfield.
Gil will have plenty of eyes on him if he continues to be a fixture for the club and put in some positive performances along the way.
Omar Salgado is another young player to receive attention in Europe, as the forward was reportedly on trial at Fulham at the end of last year.
Salgado is still only 19 but has predatory instincts in front of goal, as he has showed at the youth levels in Mexico.
The youngster also has plenty of height, at 6'4", to trouble defenders.
Darren Mattocks is making himself a solid contender for the MLS Rookie of the Year award with his six goals in 17 games thus far.
The Jamaican striker has the MLS buzzing with this goal against Toronto FC, but has more than just leaping ability about him as the forward pace to burn.
Thirty-nine goals in 47 games for the University of Akron also speaks volumes about the players ability in front of goal.