With David Beckham leaving Major League Soccer, the question has been repeatedly asked—who will be the next big player MLS brings over?
While Beckham’s legacy has been thoroughly debated, there is no doubt that he transcends the game—not only here in America, but worldwide.
So, replacing him may be impossible.
The trick is to find players in the last year of their contracts (it is very unlikely MLS would shell out a substantive transfer fee) who are still viable AND can draw in the crowds.
While there are very few, if any, players MLS could attract who are as popular as Beckham has been, here are eight players who can still get it done on the pitch and bring people to the games.