We all know that an MLS team would get slaughtered in any of Europe’s top leagues. But what if you made a super team, comprised of the best players in the league? How would they fare?
I’m not talking about the MLS All-Star game, which is a glorified scrimmage against a weary European team’s reserves. I’m talking about the best 11 players in MLS competing in a real match against middling club in a top 4 league, like a Stoke City or a Cagliari.
Do they have a chance?
Tim Howard – GK
There's power in that big beard of his. Howard may have had a down year in the Premier League last year, but we all know what he's capable of.
Ashley Cole – LB
Ashley Cole instantly became the best left-back in MLS when he joined from Roma in early 2016.
Jelle Van Damme – CB
Jelle Van Damme is the archetype for a center-back. Does he look like a man you want to upset?
Matt Besler – CB
Matt Besler has consistently been one of the best center-backs in MLS. He's solidified his starting spot next to Geoff Cameron on the UMSNT; no easy feat from Klinsmann's least favorite league, MLS.
Steve Birnbaum – RB
If Steve Birnbaum had his druthers, he'd be a center-back over an outside-back but MLS is short on quality right backs, so you're playing on the outside, Steve.
Ozzie Alonso – CDM
Ozzie would have gotten looks with the USMNT if US-Cuba relations had warmed up a few years earlier. He's been a stalwart in midfield since joining the Sounders in 2008, a year after he defected from Cuba.
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Giovani dos Santos – LM
We're in a Giovani dos Santos renaissance right now. He's been scoring bangers right and left for the Galaxy this year.
Darlington Nagbe – RM
Darlington Nagbe is one of the more slept on players in MLS. He's a complete midfielder; dangerous on the ball and poised without it.
Nico Lodeiro – CAM
Nico Lodeiro set MLS on fire when he arrived from Boca Juniors in July. He might just be the best player in the league.
Sebastian Giovinco – F
You won't find a craftier player than Sebastian Giovinco. The reigning MLS MVP could return to Europe at the drop of a hat if he wanted to.
Clint Dempsey – F
Wonky heartbeat notwithstanding, Clint Dempsey hasn't missed a step as he enters the twilight of his career. He's still one of the most dangerous Americans to ever take the pitch.