Dimitar Berbatov and 10 Footballers Who Could Star in MLS
The profile of Major League Soccer continues to grow and with that comes the ability to attract higher quality players.
The MLS is slowly adding world-class footballers to its league who are not just at the end of their careers but have plenty of miles still on the clock.
Here is a list of 10 players who have been linked with a move to the United States and could be seen gracing the pitches of the MLS in the near future.
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Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is on the outer at Old Trafford, and there is speculation that the club may look to offload him as early as January.
A move to the MLS may suit the Bulgarian, and at 30, he still has plenty of years left in him.
He would be an attractive option to many MLS clubs with his proven goal scoring record.
Also at this stage of his career he might like to step down from the high pressure of the EPL to a league where he could shine and bang in regular goals.
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The English defender has been linked with a move to the MLS, and despite not being the formidable defensive force he once was, he could still provide a couple of solid years for an MLS team.
At 33, his time at Manchester United looks to be coming to an end and with the signing of Phil Jones and the emergence of Chris Smalling his game time at Old Trafford may be limited.
The MLS would likely appeal to Ferdinand as a nice way to close out his distinguished career.
Former Real Madrid stalwart Guti has been heavily linked with a move to the MLS in the near future.
His contract at Turkish club Besiktas has reportedly been mutually terminated and rumours are rife about a move to the United States.
At 35, the Spaniard is well past his best but be could provide a nice midfield option with great experience for at least one season.
He has nothing left to prove so a move to MLS might interest him and also freshen him up after his spell in Turkey.
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Prolific goal scorer Luca Toni is another European footballer to be linked with a move to the MLS.
The 34-year-old, currently at Juventus, has had an illustrious career which included being a part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup victory.
His deal with Juventus is set to run out in June 2012 so teams will be sniffing around for the proven goal scorer who could still play on for a few years yet.
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Filippo Inzaghi is an iconic footballer in Italy and Europe and has been with AC Milan since 2001.
However “Pippo” is now 38 and has been linked with a move to the United States as he winds down his career.
He would obviously be a short term option but he is a household name with natural quality that many MLS teams would be interested to take a chance on.
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Pascal Chimbonda is a well known name in English football.
The 32-year-old has plied his trade in England since 2005 with six different teams.
He is currently on a short-term deal with Doncaster Rovers after a failed stint at Queens Park Rangers.
It appears his time in England has run its course and he has been linked to the MLS which could be a good change for him.
He still has a few good years left in him if he lands in the right situation and is allowed to flourish.
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Bolton Wanderers winger Martin Petrov has been mentioned as possibly making a move to the MLS.
The 32-year-old Bulgarian has had a very good career and still matches it with the best in the English Premier League.
However the time might be right for him to try the MLS while he still has some energy left in his legs when making his trademark runs down the left wing.
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English midfielder Frank Lampard has recently been mentioned as a possibility to replace David Beckham at Los Angeles Galaxy if he is to move on.
Although a move to the United States is still probably a while down the track Lampard has hinted he would like a stint in the MLS to finish his career.
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Senegalese striker El-Hadji Diouf is a very experienced footballer despite having a history of disciplinary problems.
Diouf is currently on a three month deal with Doncaster Rovers in England so could be available in the near future.
A move to the United States might be a nice change for him after a long time in England, and at 30, he has several years left in him and would be a nice attacking option for an MLS side.
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The Mexican international is yet another player who has been linked with a move to the MLS.
The 27-year-old plays for Club America in Mexico but it is understood that both player and club are keen to move on.
Club America would prefer to see him go abroad rather than to a neighbouring Mexican club so the MLS seems a viable option for Reyna.