10 Overseas Players Who Would Be Massive Hits in MLS

John D. HalloranContributor IIMarch 10, 2014

10 Overseas Players Who Would Be Massive Hits in MLS

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    Since signing David Beckham seven years ago, Major League Soccer has continued to look overseas each year in search of talent that can help the league grow. 

    After signing Beckham, the tradition of big-name signings continued with foreigners like Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and, most recently, Jermain Defoe. But, it has also recently extended to American internationals playing abroad like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.

    Here are 10 more overseas players who would be hits in MLS.

Didier Drogba

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    Rumors about Didier Drogba coming to MLS have been around for years and recently made the rounds again just last month. 

    The 35-year-old Ivorian is a few years past his best, but would no doubt be an instant upgrade up top for most MLS sides. With his goal-scoring prowess and irrepressible personality, there's no doubt he'd become an instant star.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    With his last World Cup likely behind him, the time may be ripe for MLS to take a shot at acquiring Zlatan Ibrahimovic. At 32 years old, he is still a goal-scoring machine and his personality would be perfect for helping the league raise its profile.

    He has also indicated an interest in MLS in the past.

Wayne Rooney

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    Wayne Rooney has been on the verge of leaving Manchester United at many times in the past, but with his team suffering through one of its worst seasons in recent memory and likely to miss out on the Champions League this season, the time may finally be now.

    His goal-scoring prowess and competitive fire would be sure to make him both a success on the field and a fan favorite off it.

Terrence Boyd

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    American striker Terrence Boyd has 14 goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna this season, but has been playing in the mid-level Austrian Bundesliga for the past two seasons. He'd be a great candidate for any MLS team not only for his talent, but also for his rabid American patriotism.

Tim Howard

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    Tim Howard is an American legend and likely still has a couple of years left in his English Premier League career, but he'd be a terrific pickup for any MLS team. As a hero of the United States men's national team, Howard would be an instant star wherever he went.

Frank Lampard

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    The rumors of Frank Lampard to MLS have been around for years, but at 35 years old, the Chelsea legend could finally be ready for a move after this season's EPL campaign. With his years of experience, he'd be an instant upgrade to almost any MLS midfield.

Mix Diskerud

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    Mix Diskerud is already a fan favorite among USMNT fans and a move to MLS would only serve to make him even more popular. He's the likely future of the U.S. midfield and has an attacking flair any MLS team would love to have. He also nearly joined the Portland Timbers a year ago.

Jozy Altidore

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    Jozy Altidore's troubles at Sunderland this season have been well documented and a move this summer would surprise no one. He scored 31 goals in all competitions last season for AZ Alkmaar, so a move back to the U.S. is probably premature. But he'd be valued commodity for both his skill and his popularity and would be a star on any MLS team he joined.

Lionel Messi

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    It's hard to imagine Lionel Messi suiting up in the MLS, but there's no doubt he'd be a star if he did. The Barcelona legend has already won everything there is to win at the club level and is one of the best players in the history of the game.

    It's an unlikely scenario and one that would be years in the future if it happened, but no one expected David Beckham to join MLS when he did.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Like Messi, the odds that Cristiano Ronaldo joins MLS are slim. But the Portuguese winger is one of the world's best and, like Beckham, would be a transformative signing for the league.