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Top 20 best players to watch in MLS 2024 

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  • MLS 2023 was outstanding even as some of the biggest stars graced the league, including Lionel Messi. But 2024 promises more excitement for us!
  • Former Barcelona man Luis Suarez joined Inter Miami after leaving Gremio, while Hugo Lloris switched to Los Angeles FC for Tottenham Hotspur.
  • The top 20 best to watch in the MLS in 2024 include Denis Bouanga, Luciano Acosta, Lionel Messi, and Hany Mukhtar.

 

Interesting Football brings you the list of players to watch in Major League Soccer in 2024

 

1. Denis Bouanga (Los Angeles FC)

 

Last year was outstanding for Denis Bouanga, as he scored 25 goals and provided five assists to win the MLS Golden Boot.

 

The 29-year-old Gabonese footballer was the main player for Los Angeles FC. He played in the final and was on target, but it was not enough, as LAFC lost to Columbus Crew in the end.

 

Bouanga is expected to maintain his fine form in the MLS in 2024 amid high expectations.

 

2. Luciano Acosta (FC Cincinnati)

 

Lots of applause has been raining down on the Cincinnati man who showcased himself through last season.

 

The Argentine footballer plays as an attacking midfielder and was voted the MLS MVP last season. Statistics show he scored 19 goals and provided 12 assists.

 

3. Lionel Messi (Inter Miami CF)

 

Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi had an immediate impact at Inter Miami by helping them to lift the Leagues Cup. However, it was not business as usual in the MLS, as the club could not reach the playoffs.

 

Although Messi joined the team later in the season, he played a significant role.

In the new season, many expectations will be on Messi as he plays his second season in the Major League Soccer.

 

4. Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC)

 

Nashville star Hany Mukhtar is one of the biggest names in the MLS, as you may know. He has been around for more than three seasons.

 

Recall that the German footballer won the MLS Golden Boot in 2022 and was also voted the MVP.

So far, it has been a good run in the MLS since he arrived from Danish league side Brøndby.

 

5. Luis Suarez (Inter Miami CF)

 

Former Barcelona star Luis Suarez is one of the biggest names to watch in MLS in 2024.

The Uruguayan international moved to Brazilian football giants Gremio but will now feature for Inter Miami after reaching an agreement with the David Beckham-owned franchise.

 

6. Carles Gil (New England Revolution)

 

Carles Gil plays as an attacking midfielder for the New England Revolution. He was an outstanding player last season for the club.

The Spaniard has already set his sights on a strong season ahead, but his performance last season will not go unnoticed.

Statistics show he scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in the league.

 

7. Christian Benteke (DC United)

 

Belgian star Christian Benteke is one of the top European soccer players in the MLS. Last season, he scored a considerable number of goals for the team.

 

8. Thiago Almada (Atlanta United FC)

 

Thiago Almada is one of the most creative players in the MLS. The Argentine is known for his versatility, playing as a midfielder or a winger for Atlanta United FC.

Last season was another strong showing for him, as he scored 13 goals and provided 16 assists.

 

9. Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo)

 

Héctor Herrera is known for providing assist. Last season, he recorded 13 for the Houston Dynamo.

 

10. Ryan Gauld (Vancouver Whitecaps)

 

Ryan Gauld plays as an attacking midfielder for Vancouver Whitecaps. He also performed well last season, scoring 11 goals with 13 assists.

 

11. Mateusz Klich (DC United)

 

DC United midfielder Mateusz Klich is one of the big names to watch this season.

 

12. Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)

 

Stefan Frei needs no introduction to the game. He was outstanding for the Seattle Sounders.

He won the MLS Golden Glove last season. Statistics show he kept 16 clean sheets in the league.

 

13. Hugo Lloris (Los Angeles FC)

 

Former Tottenham Hotspur’s number one goalie, Hugo Lloris, is now in the books of Los Angeles FC ahead of the new season.

The French footballer joined the MLS outfit to continue his career in North America after he’d spent years at Spurs.

 

14. Cucho Hernández (Columbus Crew)

 

Cucho Hernández is a versatile player who plays for Columbus Crew. He was lauded for his impressive contribution to the team’s MLS Cup win.

The Colombian footballer scored 21 goals and provided eight assists last season for the Crew.

 

15. Riqui Puig (LA Galaxy FC)

 

Former Barcelona man Riqui Puig is gradually finding his footing in the MLS with LA Galaxy.

 

Last season was impressive for the Spaniard, as he scored seven goals and provided four assists.

 

16. Cristian Espinoza (San Jose Earthquakes FC)

 

Another big name to watch in the new season is Cristian Espinoza. Last season was better, but he has been tipped to be one of the best in the league.

The Argentine star was crucial for the Earthquakes as he scored 13 goals and provided eight assists in the MLS.

 

17. Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas)

 

FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira is one of the top players to watch the new season. He netted over 13 league goals for the club last season.

 

18. John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls)

 

The MLS has some of the finest defenders in the world, and one of the names is John Tolkin.

The American left-back played for the New York Red Bulls and was one of the most consistent players in the first team last season.

 

19. Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)

 

Perhaps one of the biggest players in North American soccer, Carlos Vela, knows how to get the job done when needed.

The Mexican striker scored nine goals and provided eight assists for LA FC last season. He won the MLS Golden Boot and MVP in 2019.

 

20. Julian Gressel (Inter Miami CF)

Julian Gressel is one of the household names in MLS. He played a key role in Columbus Crew’s MLS Cup triumph last season.

 

He joined Inter Miami as a free agent for the 2024 season and is expected to lead the defense in the new season.

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