Thursday, February 12, 2009

CONCACAF Players I'd Like to See in MLS

Even though Major League Soccer draws talented players from all over the CONCACAF region, there are still plenty of players who end up playing elsewhere. This is a list of players I'd like to see plying their trade here in the good ol' USA.

If I'd published this list a couple of days ago like I'd originally planned, new San Jose Earthquake Bobby Convey would have been at the top of the list. Once the youngest player ever signed by MLS, Convey started his career with DC United at the tender age of 16. An integral part of Reading's magical 106 point season in 2005-2006, he's struggled with injuries the last few years and needs to get consistent playing time if he wants to get anywhere near the 2010 World Cup. I hope he can resurrect what was a very promising career back here in the States.

So who else makes the list?

Nery Castillo - Mexico

I realize his loan spell at Manchester City was more or less a complete disaster, but the talent he showed scoring four goals during the 2007 Copa America was electrifying. If he can regain that form he could be the goal scoring lightning the Mexican national team needs.

Chance of him coming to MLS: 0% - even if he was released by Shakhtar Donetsk I'm sure there are a gaggle of Mexican teams that would offer up a pretty penny for his services.

Gregory Richardson - Guyana

Nicknamed "Jackie Chan," Richardson almost single-handedly dumped the New England Revolution out of the CONCACAF Champions League with four goals in two games. While his performances were not as stellar during the rest of the tournament, in the right environment he looks like he could be an exciting player.

Chance of him coming to MLS: 70% -- he's already on trial with Toronto FC, and the Revolution and Crew were both rumored to be interested in him last year.

David Suazo - Honduras

For my money, he might be the best striker in the region. Currently on loan to Benfica from Inter Milan, he averaged a little more than a goal every three games from 1999-2007 while competing in the top two divisions in Italy.

Chance of him coming to MLS: 0% -- I realize there's pretty much no chance of luring him back from Europe, but a guy can dream, can't he?

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