10 Hottest Players in the MLS Right Now

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIApril 30, 2012

10 Hottest Players in the MLS Right Now

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    After this weekend's slate of games and now six weeks into this season's schedule, Major League Soccer's cream is beginning to rise to the top.

    With most teams now a quarter of the way into their respective seasons, let's take a look at who makes the list for the ten hottest players in the league right now.

Thierry Henry

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    Thierry Henry scored his league-leading ninth goal of the season in the Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution this weekend.

    In addition to his nine goals in only eight games, Henry has an additional five assists.

    This week’s game-winner was a brilliant chip. Of course, immediately after, he went over and broke the corner flag.

Kenny Cooper

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    Cooper’s seven goals in six starts this season have been key to the Red Bulls' success this year as New York has struggled mightily in the back in its early games.

    Cooper has proven to be a more-than-capable replacement for the departed striker Luke Rodgers and has gelled well with strike partner Thierry Henry.

Graham Zusi

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    Following a call-up to the USMNT’s January camp in the offseason and some decent showings in the January friendlies, Zusi is putting together a nice start to his 2012 MLS campaign.

    Zusi currently leads the league in assists with six and has helped spearhead the prolific attack of Sporting Kansas City.

Chris Pontius

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    Pontius scored three goals last week in D.C. United’s victory over their Eastern Conference rivals, the New York Red Bulls, and followed up his performance with a great assist to open the scoring this weekend against the Houston Dynamo.

Jimmy Nielsen

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    Nielsen is having a remarkable start to the 2012 campaign as he and the Kansas City defense have only given up three goals in their first eight games.

    Nielsen won MLS’s Save of the Week with the effort shown to the left.

Young-Pyo Lee

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    The Vancouver Whitecaps have six shutouts in eight games with the trio of defenders Jay DeMerit, Young-Pyo Lee and Martin Bonjour each starting all eight games.

    This weekend, Young Pyo-Lee also picked up the game-winner in the Whitecaps' 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew with a free-kick service that drifted into the upper 90.

Chris Wondolowski

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    Wondolowski has continued his prolific MLS goal-scoring record this season with eight goals in his first eight games.

    In the last three seasons, Wondolowski has scored a more-than-impressive 42 goals in 66 games.

Maicon Santos

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    Santos picked up two goals in D.C.'s 3-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo this weekend. Santos is part of D.C.’s United’s seven-match unbeaten streak and has six goals in seven starts this year.

Kyle Beckerman

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    Beckerman has scored two goals in the last three games for Real Salt Lake. The normally defensive-minded midfielder already has three goals on the season.

    Beckerman also had the assist on Real’s 93rd-minute stoppage-time winner in the 3-2 victory over Toronto this weekend.

    So far this season, Beckerman has helped lead his team to a tie for first place in the Western Conference.

Will Bruin

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    Bruin may not be the most dynamic striker in MLS, and his four goals in six starts won’t blow anyone’s hair back, but his workmanlike attitude continues to pay dividends as he scored twice in Houston’s losing effort to D.C. United this weekend.

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