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Top 10 former Premier League stars playing in MLS 2024

Published at :March 11, 2024 at 6:44 PM
Modified at :March 11, 2024 at 6:44 PM
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Ritvik Verma

MLS is fully star-studded this term

The Major League Soccer (MLS) has long been a destination for former Premier League stars seeking new challenges and opportunities in their footballing careers. Even in 2024, the league is drawing well-known players who have played in the top division of England.

The MLS clubs benefit greatly from the experience, talent and star power of these former Premier League players, who captivate spectators and raise the bar for competitiveness.

Their presence not only raises the standard of play but also gives the sport of American football a glamorous and exciting feel, solidifying MLS’ status as a top talent attraction worldwide. Let us take a look at the top 10 former Premier League stars who are currently playing in MLS 2024.

10. DeAndre Yedlin – Inter Miami

The rise of DeAndre Yedlin from the bench at Newcastle and Tottenham to the starting lineup at Inter Miami and now FC Cincinnati is evidence of his versatility and perseverance. Yedlin is a dynamic full-back who provides attacking threat, defensive stability and quickness down the sides.

He is a great asset in the locker room and on the pitch because of his leadership abilities, which were demonstrated in his prior position as club captain. His dedication and professionalism are unflinching as he continues to help Inter Miami succeed.

9. Teemu Pukki – Minnesota United

Teemu Pukki’s transfer from Norwich City to Minnesota United is evidence of his adaptability and success in a wide range of football environments. Pukki’s scoring ability continued despite Norwich’s difficulties in the Premier League. 

Pukki, who is 33 years old, has played more than 120 games for Norwich City. He still scores goals for Minnesota United despite his advanced age, giving the squad tremendous expertise and leadership. His ability to consistently find the back of the net makes him an important player in Minnesota’s MLS success saga. 

8. Ashley Westwood – Charlotte FC

Ashley Westwood has played a lot of English football, be it the Premier League or the EFL. He surely brings expertise to Charlotte FC from his extensive experience, which he accumulated while playing for Aston Villa and Burnley.

Westwood is a dependable presence in the middle of the park thanks to his defensive duties, tactical acumen and passing range as a midfield mainstay. His smooth entry into Charlotte FC’s starting lineup demonstrates his versatility and skill as a player. 

7. Brad Guzan – Atlanta United

Atlanta United’s seasoned goalkeeper Brad Guzan continues to show off his reliable save stats. Guzan is regarded as a solid shot-stopper due to his reflexes and shot-stopping skills are still excellent. Guzan has been a mainstay for Atlanta United since joining the league again in 2017 and is getting close to reaching a noteworthy milestone of 200 appearances for the team.

His leadership and constant presence in goal serve as an example of his unwavering dedication to perfection, inspiring fellow teammates and aspiring goalkeepers.

6. Victor Wanyama – CF Montréal

The addition of Victor Wanyama to CF Montréal strengthens their midfield. Having played for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in his tenure in Europe, Wanyama is well-known for his physicality and ability to stop opposing attackers.

He is a crucial addition to CF Montréal because of his leadership abilities and aggressive approach, which stabilise the midfield and act as a cornerstone of their defensive structure. 

5. Maya Yoshida – LA Galaxy

The addition of Maya Yoshida to LA Galaxy strengthens their defensive line by providing a competent centre-back. Yoshida has played professionally for more than ten years, including a good time in the Premier League with Southampton.

He is a dependable presence on defence, able to efficiently organise the defensive unit and block rival attacks thanks to his aerial power. The signing of Yoshida enhances LA Galaxy’s defensive abilities as they aim to succeed in the MLS.

4. Christian Benteke – D.C. United

Since leaving Crystal Palace, Christian Benteke has adjusted to the tough MLS landscape with ease. His value as a productive striker for his present side is shown by his outstanding goal scoring record, which includes an incredible hat-trick versus New England Revolution.

Benteke certainly presents himself as a good candidate for the MLS Golden Boot. His Premier League experience has been really helpful to the DC United team. 

3. Xherdan Shaqiri – Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire’s signing of Xherdan Shaqiri marked the beginning of a new chapter in their attacking history. Shaqiri is a dangerous threat to opposing defences because of his dynamic play style and his adaptability throughout the front line.

He can also dribble the ball well. His inventiveness and flair, together with his experience from playing for elite clubs in Europe, not only improve the attacking skills of the Chicago Fire but also raised the standard of play in Major League Soccer.

2. Hugo Lloris – Los Angeles FC

As a World Cup-winning goalie and an experienced Tottenham Hotspur captain, Lloris exemplifies patience and leadership. In addition to his outstanding shot-stopping and delivery talents, his dominating presence in goal gives LAFC’s defence a strong base and inspires confidence in other players.

With Hugo Lloris’s signing to Los Angeles FC, the MLS team has gained a lot. The addition of Lloris gives LAFC an iconic touch, demonstrating MLS’s increasing appeal to elite players from around the world. 

1. Luis Suarez – Inter Miami

Even though he is nearing the end of his career, former Liverpool player Luis Suarez is still a dangerous attacker with a natural knack for scoring goals. His recent tenure with Gremio demonstrated his enduring potential, as he not only often found the back of the net but also made a substantial contribution with assists. Joining Inter Miami this season, Suarez is back with his old Barcelona teammates Messi, Busquets, and Alba.

He offers the club not just his skill on the pitch, but also priceless leadership and experience. Particularly with Messi, his relationship has the potential to revive their explosive attacking style and establish Inter Miami as an important force in the MLS.

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