The Major League Soccer MLS, is a men’s professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation which represents the sport’s highest level in the United States and Canada.
The league used to have a bit of a reputation as a retirement home for former Premier League players searching for one final pay day. While the standard of the division has skyrocketed over the last several seasons, the same stereotype does still ring fairly true.
By the time you reach the end of this list, you will see 5 former Premier League players plying their trade in MLS this season.
Now let’s check them out:
1. JAVIER “CHICARITO” HERNANDEZ
31-year-old Javier Hernandez signed to play for LA galaxy from West Ham. The Mexican is a strong contender for the most MLS transfer of all time. Chicarito who has also previously enjoyed prolific spells at Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen is expected to score lots and lots of goals for LA Galaxy this season, probably from inside the penalty area.
After a poor season with Stoke, Spaniard forward Bojan terminated his contract at the Potteries in 2019, and his now signed for Montreal Impact in the MLS.
Former 33 Year-old Manchester United man has had a nomadic existence since departing Old Trafford in 2015, taking in spells at Fenerbahce, Valencia, Lazio and Sporting CP. Last February he arrived at Orlando City on a three-year deal, scoring 12 goals during his inaugural MLS campaign.
4. CARLOS VELA
After struggling to break into the Arsenal first team, Carlos Vela’s career really kicked off when he moved to Real Sociedad in 2012. The Mexican however signed in with Los Angeles FC for the much easier task of scoring past MLS defences
5. SIEM DE JONG.
Siem de Jong…it’s a name that still gives Premier League fans nightmares.
The Dutchman endured a torrid time at St James Park as a string of bizarre injuries – including a collapsed lung and an eye issue caused by a contact lens mishap – restricted him to a handful of appearances over three seasons.
After spells at Ajax and Sydney FC, the Dutchman’s talents are now on display at MLS newbies FC Cincinnati.