Attempting to define the 25 greatest MLS players of all-time is no easy feat. Several big-name players just missed the cut (such as Kyle Beckerman, Brian McBride, Chad Marshall, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Thierry Henry, and Pablo Mastroeni). Over the next decade, we may see more of today’s superstars (Josef Martinez, Zack Steffen, Diego Rossi) join this list.
However, for now, here are the 25 greatest MLS players of all-time.
25. Bradley Wright-Phillips
Make no mistake about it: Picking the final name on this list is difficult. All the names in the intro could have been here — as well as about 10-20 others. Bradley has constantly been overshadowed by his legendary father Ian, as well as his brother Shawn (who’s featured for both the England National team as well as Manchester City). When Bradley arrived in New York, he had to compete for minutes alongside sublime striker Thierry Henry. However, his transition to the Red Bulls’ franchise has been fantastic. He’s racked up 106 goals in 168 MLS matches (whilst collecting two Golden Boot awards in the process). Phillips also helped in leading New York to two Supporters’ Shield trophies. Even more impressive, BWP is currently 8th on the all-time MLS goal list.
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