The Fastest Players in the MLS
While Major League Soccer is still fighting for respect as a league in terms of tactical and technical refinement, there is one area where American soccer players have always been able to dominate on the world stage—athleticism.
American players, whatever they may traditionally lack in technique or understanding, are some of the most dominate athletes in the world. Speed is something distinctly not lacking in MLS.
Here are seven of the fastest players in MLS today.
Dominic Oduro of the Columbus Crew is one of the fastest players in the league and scores most of his goals on the break.
His total of 12 goals so far in 2013 already matches his career high—set in 2011 when he was with the Chicago Fire.
While with the Fire, Oduro also made this ridiculous (and hilarious) video of him betting his salary for the year in a race against a Fire staff member in the 40-yard dash.
DeAndre Yedlin of the Seattle Sounders has enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2013, going from MLS rookie to United States men's national team prospect in less than one season.
Yedlin was recently named No. 3 on the MLS' "24 Under 24" list—a compilation of the league's best young players. In the video promoting Yedlin's selection, he freely admits that his best trait as a player is his speed.
Also worth checking out is this video of him robbing MLS Most Valuable Player candidate Marco Di Vaio.
One player no MLS defender ever wants to get stuck alone against is Real Salt Lake's Robbie Findley. Findley was one of the MLS' most deadly strikers in 2009, and his form vaulted him to his selection to the 2010 U.S. World Cup team.
While Findley's goalscoring form has dropped off significantly since 2009, there are few players in the league who can compete against his pace.
Nigerian international and English Premier League veteran Obafemi Martins is no young buck anymore, but still has speed to burn.
Along with teammate Eddie Johnson, who is no slouch in the speed department himself, they form the fastest strike partnership in the league.
Another rookie on the list is Colorado Rapids striker Deshorn Brown.
Brown has scored seven goals in his rookie season. The Jamaican attacker is a threat to get behind any MLS back line with his pace.
Darren Mattocks is one of the most athletic players in the league, bar none. His outstanding pace helped lead him to eight goals in his rookie campaign in 2012.
The Jamaican forward can jump quite high as well.
It would be tough to argue that Marvell Wynne is not the fastest player in the league, but it would be pretty cool to see Wynne and Oduro in a footrace.
At one time, Wynne's pace helped him move into contention for a spot on the USMNT. The current Colorado Rapids defender recently showed his pace when he chased down Ryan Johnson from 20 yards behind to stop a breakaway.
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