10 Big-Name Players Who Will End Their Careers in MLS
There are a lot of big-name players who are set to end their playing careers in the MLS.
Players like Thierry Henry and Alessandro Nesta have had major careers in Europe and are now strutting their stuff in America.
Since we are looking at players who will end their career in the MLS as supposed to players who could, we'll be drawing from the stars currently in the league, and there are quite a few.
Considering certain factors, mainly their age, it seems clear that these player will be finishing their career in the USA.
Here are 10 big-name players who will end their career in the MLS.
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Though Thierry Henry is still capable of producing gems like this, he probably won't be going back to Europe or elsewhere, at least not to play full-time.
He recently hinted that he was fine with going back on-loan with Arsenal but a loan deal is all that would happen.
Here's a piece from the New York Times outlining Henry's love of New York and how he plans to end his career.
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Given that he recently joined the Montreal Impact at the age of 36, I would bet it's safe to say that Alessandro Nesta will retire in the MLS.
The Italian defender will hope to play out the entirety of his contract, 18 months as the linked article above shows, injury-free and may well retire right after that.
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Robbie Keane has been a bit of a journeyman throughout his career and, since he's only 32, he could well make another move after his stint with the LA Galaxy.
The fact that Keane joined the Galaxy straight from one of England's most storied clubs, Tottenham, may mean he, like Henry, sees his career ending outside of Europe.
He has been in great form for the club this season with nine goals and six assists in 17 games and may feel he has nothing to prove as long as he continues to play well and be a part of his country's national setup.
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Rafa Marquez's recent disciplinary problems may stand in the way of this but the Mexican defender looks very likely to end his career in the MLS. Unless no other club in the league wants him, that is.
There is the possibility that he ends up finishing his career in his homeland but a career ending in the MLS looks more likely.
Torsten Frings joined Toronto FC last year in what is sure to be the final stop in his career. The former German international, now 35, is currently the captain of his MLS side.
Juan Pablo Angel
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Juan Pablo Angel has the longest MLS tenure of any foreign player on this list and looks a sure bet to retire as a player in the league.
Angel is currently on his third MLS team, Chivas USA, and it is sure to be his last stop.
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Tim Cahill is the most recent big-name addition to the MLS after signing with the New York Red Bulls a few days ago.
The Australian midfielder is sure to play a big role in their run for silverware this season and both he and Thierry Henry could make the Red Bulls a dominant team in the USA for a few years.
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Landon Donovan is the MLS's premier American player and the face of the US Men's National team. He is the youngest player on this list and though he has had a few successful loan spells with Everton in the past few years, it is unlikely he will make a move to Europe.
The MLS is sure to be where Donovan ends his career.
Alessandro Del Piero
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Alessandro Del Piero is the only player not in the MLS on this list. It would have to be the ideal situation for Del Piero to play in the league but he has stated that he would love to play in the MLS.
If that happens it would certainly be the last stop for the 37-year-old Juventus and Italian legend.