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Who has been the best player from each country over the first 22 seasons of MLS?
With the recent substitute appearance of Georgian international Valeri Qazaishvili there are now 115 different countries that have be represented in MLS.
Some names will jump right out at you while there is sure to be some debate over some selections that make this list. Here we go…
This was the hardest country to select. With mention of Tim Howard, Tab Ramos, Eric Wynalda, and Clint Dempsey…Landon Donovan claims the spot for his league records and championship rings
Another tough decision that must mention Jorge Campos, Rafa Marquez, and Gio Dos Santos…but Cuauhtemoc Blanco is our man from the Fire bunny hopping to the top spot.
Dwayne De Rosario had a great career in San Jose and Houston winning MLS Cups before an MVP-caliber revival in DC.
Carlos Ruiz. The “little fish” won titles and was a dangerous attacker in his long MLS career most memorably during his MVP form with the Galaxy.
Roy Miller has been a steady and proven performer in multiple MLS campaigns.
Boniak Garcia gets a mention but Alex Pineda Chacon gets top spot for all those goals he provided over his four seasons of play most notably with the Miami Fusion.
A shout out to Jamie Penedo in the Galaxy nets…but get the phone out and dial up Jorge Dely Valdes as our top pick from Panama. Dely Valdes scored some great goals for the Rapids in his two seasons.
Toss up Mauricio Cienfuegos or Raul Diaz Arce…Diaz Arce gets the top spot with those championship rings (and goals) tipping the scale in his favor.
Donovan Ricketts anchored the defense during the final glory years of the LA Galaxy.
Osvaldo Alonso can count numerous Open Cup wins and an MLS Cup along his Sounders Hall of Fame career.
Written by Forrest Wimberly
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