MLS All-Time Best XI
The MLS All-Star game is only a few short weeks away. The game will pit the best eleven of the MLS season against West Ham United of the English Premier League. It's somewhat easy to tell who is the best in MLS each season, but who are the best players to ever put on an MLS jersey?
Kevin Hartman, GK: This goalkeeper, still playing with Kansas City, is the MLS all-time leader in shutouts, with 70. He also boasts a career goals against average of 1.23. Hartman won the 1999 Goalkeeper of the Year award with Los Angeles.
Eddie Pope, D: Now retired, Pope has over 200 MLS appearances and 82 national team caps to his credit. He was a perennial All-Star, and was the Honda Player of the Year in 1997.
Carlos Bocanegra, D: Bocanegra, recently signed by Rennes of Ligue 1, is a two-time MLS Defender of the Year as well as the 2000 Rookie of the Year.
Jeff Agoos, D: Along with Cobi Jones, Agoos was one of the most well-known original MLS players. He began his career in the same DC United back line as Eddie Pope. Agoos made almost 300 MLS appearances and 134 for the National Team. In 2001, he took home the Defender of the Year trophy.
Steve Ralston, MF: Ralston is the MLS' all-time leader in minutes played and assists (124). He has also added 64 goals to that total, in stints with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and New England Revolution. Ralston continues to play and add to his great numbers.
Carlos Valderrama, MF: Valderrama is the closest thing that MLS had to a superstar in their early years. Underneath the signature mop of hair was a man who, until recently, was the MLS career leader in assists with 114. He also won the inaugural MLS MVP award.
Preki, MF: Preki is the only two-time winner of the MLS MVP award, grabbing the trophy in 1997 and 2003. He also had 79 goals and 112 assists during his career in MLS.
Marco Etcheverry, MF: Etcheverry had 101 assists and 34 goals in seven years with DC, impressive numbers for a midfielder. One of the best playmakers in MLS history, Etcheverry won the 1998 MVP award.
Landon Donovan, MF: Perhaps the only player on this list with his best years still ahead of him, the 26-year-old Donovan has scored 79 goals and 66 assists in his years with MLS. He is also a two-time US Soccer Athlete of the year, in 2003 and 2004.
Jaime Moreno, F: Moreno is the all-time leading goalscorer in MLS history, with 118 and counting. He was an original MLS player, and has won four MLS Cups with DC United.
Taylor Twellman, F: Including cup competitions, Twellman has scored 112 goals in 205 appearances for New England, a great strike rate. Twellman was also the 2005 MLS MVP.
Honorable mentions: Dwayne de Rosario (MF, F), Ante Razov (F), Brian McBride (F), Tony Meola (GK), Cobi Jones (MF).
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