Yesterday we seemed again at some younger gamers to look at in 2019 evaluating their pre-season expectations versus the truth of what the 12 months introduced. This time we’ll check out the XI participant to look at earlier than the season started in comparison with the Greatest American XI, with a number of bonus mentions, and see who amongst them managed to look on each lists.
Jeremy Ebobisse – A stable 12 months for the Timbers no. 9 as he appeared in all 34 video games with 25 begins and 11 objectives. At 22 years-old he’s additionally shout for the U-23s with an opportunity at seeing time with the senior squad in January camp.
Djordje Mihailovic – The Hearth midfielder had an honest exhibiting in 2019 with three objectives and two assists whereas additionally getting referred to as into the USMNT for the Gold Cup. At 20, Mihailovic has some room to develop nonetheless and may construct on the 16 begins he had for his membership.
Russell Canouse – A distinction maker for DC United in 2018, Canouse once more had an influence along with his membership in 2019. DC had the second finest protection in MLS this season thanks to 5 clear sheets to finish the 12 months. Canouse performed a significant position within the success of DCU, however he once more suffered an damage that saved him out for a part of the 12 months with a collapsed lung on the finish of July.
Corey Baird – After profitable Rookie of the 12 months in 2018, Baird took a step again when it comes to stats in 2019. He went from eight to 5 objectives scored and 5 assists to 4, however he earned two extra begins and appears to be a fixture within the RSL lineup as of now. That’s meant that Gregg Berhalter has referred to as him into the nationwide staff all year long, however his expertise in MLS haven’t fairly translated to the worldwide recreation.
Sebastian Lletget – The LA Galaxy midfielder contributed six assists, up from two final 12 months, because the staff put up a powerful variety of objectives in 2019. The midfield of Lletget, Jonathan dos Santos and Joe Corona proved a potent one within the assault out West, however when it comes to serving to the backline, it was missing. His presence with LA has made him an everyday below Berhalter with the USMNT as effectively.
Reggie Cannon – The appropriate again is a stable choice for a participant that appears to affix the assault and may nonetheless defend with an edge. In 2019 he began 26 video games, down from 33 final 12 months, however was additionally a member of the Gold Cup squad and had a key position within the staff’s 7-Zero drubbing of Cuba final month.
Walker Zimmerman – The LAFC centerback appears to have gotten tidier with a number of the errors that he was vulnerable to in his first 12 months in LA and with FC Dallas. His effort was acknowledged with a MLS Greatest XI place and because the anchor for the most effective backline within the league, it’s not onerous to see why.
Aaron Lengthy – NYRB had a tricky 12 months in 2019 with out Tyler Adams and the decline of Bradley Wright-Phillips. Lengthy maybe suffered a few of that wasn’t as efficient as a urgent facet as in years previous. After main the staff to permitting simply 33 objectives in 2018, that quantity ballooned to 51 this 12 months. Lengthy nonetheless contributed to the USMNT and has the instruments to be a stable worldwide centerback as World Cup qualification looms.
Greg Garza – It was one other damage plagued season for Garza as he managed simply 11 begins in Cincinnati after a 10 begin marketing campaign with Atlanta final 12 months. When he’s wholesome, Garza is likely one of the higher left backs within the league, however that continues to be a problem for him.
Paul Arriola – Pre-season may be merciless to the prediction makers. Arriola appeared a number of occasions in 2018 and in warmups earlier than this season for granted again, however resumed his common position as a winger for DCU this 12 months. In 28 begins he scored six objectives with a pair of assists and was as soon as once more one of many higher American attackers in MLS.
Invoice Hamid – The DC United netminder backed up his declare that he was a high US participant within the place with 14 clear sheets and led the most effective protection within the East. He hasn’t appeared for the USMNT below Berhalter and wasn’t named to the current camp squad for the Nations League matches this month. His mortgage from FC Midtjylland is over and it’s but to be seen if DC United will convey him again for good in 2020.
Chris Wondolowski – The main aim scorer amongst Yanks within the league with 15, Wondo is ageless. When will the USA produce one other Chris Wondolowski? He’s the highest all-time scorer within the league and had his 10th straight 10 aim season, one other good 12 months for the San Jose man… who won’t ever be on the Nationwide Staff once more.
Three method tie – Take your decide between Ebobisse, Mason Toye, and Jesus Ferreira. Toye managed six objectives and three assists in 820 minutes for Minnesota whereas Ferreira scored eight with six assists for FC Dallas. At simply 18, Ferreira has extra upside and will develop into one of many higher forwards in MLS over the approaching seasons.
Jordan Morris – JoMo Clean had an awesome bounce again 12 months in 2019. He arguably had his finest season in Seattle with 10 objectives and 7 assists after lacking all of final 12 months. Morris has additionally come by means of in huge moments for the Sounders with a hat trick within the opening spherical of the playoffs. His risk from the wing has additionally pushed that spot on the USMNT as a toss-up between him and Tyler Boyd for gameday XI decisions.
Paxton Pomykal – He simply does rather a lot that’s actually likable for an attacking midfielder. If he continues so as to add to his recreation and stays wholesome going into subsequent 12 months he’ll be a participant to look at for years to come back and may make a bounce overseas earlier than too lengthy.
Jackson Yueill – San Jose had an fascinating season in 2019. It appeared like they would wish a reasonably large overhaul of the roster, however Jose Almeyda ended up getting rather a lot out of the group of gamers he had. A part of that’s due to Jackson Yueill stepping up in midfield. The 22 year-old made 29 begins, scored three objectives and added 5 assists whereas supporting the Quakes assault and shielding the backline. San Jose could have missed the playoffs, however he’ll be a key a part of the staff going ahead in a task they deeply wanted assist with.
Cristian Roldan – The Sounders midfielder has a tireless work fee and is an efficient cause why the staff completed second within the West and is within the MLS Cup Closing. With six objectives and 5 assists, the midfielder was stable within the assault and confirmed off his lengthy vary capturing a number of occasions this 12 months. As well as, with Brian Schmetzer typically taking a realistic strategy to matches, a tough working midfielder who’s adaptable has been key to the Sounders attending to the place they’re in 2019.
Walker Zimmerman and Reggie Cannon – They had been stable all through their time within the league mentioned above and it’s onerous to maintain them off of the Greatest American XI in 2019.
Miles Robinson – The third 12 months Atlanta United centerback emerged as the most effective one v. one defender in MLS, claimed a beginning position below a demanding supervisor, and helped Atlanta preserve 14 clear sheets in 2019. Robinson additionally appeared for the senior nationwide staff and needs to be in line for some minutes with the U-23s as Olympic qualifying ramps up subsequent 12 months. In fact, his season was lower quick due to a late evening coaching session after the USMNT victory over Cuba final month, however his rise from a participant who appeared to have a whole lot of expertise however couldn’t crack a beginning spot to the MLS Greatest XI is spectacular.
Left again – Cease me when you’ve heard this one earlier than… however, this can be a powerful spot to fill. In keeping with WhoScored, Ryan Hollingshead was the most effective general American in MLS in 2019 and he’s a left again – kinda. He’s additionally a defensive midfielder however crammed in effectively within the position this season.
Invoice Hamid – DC had a little bit of a problem with consistency in 2019. Considerably that was as a consequence of accidents to key gamers, however some weeks they appeared like a staff that might coast to a high spot within the East whereas others it was onerous to consider they’d make the playoffs. The distinction in being a playoff staff or not could have come right down to Hamid since in 10 video games the staff both drew Zero-Zero or held on for a 1-Zero win. That’s a whole lot of factors resting on a clear sheet being saved and Hamid saved 14 of them in 2019. If his mortgage isn’t made everlasting, the rebuild in DC will likely be that rather more troublesome.