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Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Wondolowski was the MLS Golden Boot winner in 2012 with 27 goals. He was a major factor in the San Jose Earthquakes claiming the Supporters' Shield. The 31-year-old is a prototypical poacher that gets into position and capitalizes on most scoring opportunities.
Chelsea defender John Terry recognized Wondolowski's movement off the ball after the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. That's high praise coming from one of the Premier League's best center backs.
Wondolowski has eight goals this season in 14 games, per MLSSoccer.com. The signing of Matias Perez Garcia, an advanced playmaker, should increase that tally.
However, due to Wondolowski's age, he narrowly misses out on the list. If this list was compiled two years ago, he'd definitely be included.
Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders)
When the Seattle Sounders began the second half of their schedule, they were tipped to be the Supporters' Shield winners by virtue of the large lead they had at the top of the table.
However, the Sounders have lost two matches in a row. It's no coincidence that since Chad Marshall has been injured, Seattle has looked shaky.
Marshall has been one of the best defenders in MLS. He's the third-highest rated WhoScored.com player and the best in his position.
The 29-year-old should start earning call-ups from U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann once he's fully fit and the international schedule begins.
When healthy, Marshall could definitely cut it in Europe, but there are a few Americans that are more capable.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Rimando became the all-time leader in clean sheets on Saturday with 113. That statistic alone solidifies his status as one of the league's all-time best goalkeepers.
At 35, Rimando has represented his country at the World Cup, participated in the All-Star Game and won two MLS Cups. However, the goalkeeper has only received recognition in the last few years.
His anonymity is unfair because Rimando has terrific reactions, great communication skills and is a leader on the pitch. Due to his advancing age, it wouldn't seem likely for the 35-year-old to make the jump to Europe. If he did, the Real Salt Lake shot-stopper would probably be a backup.