Does the MLS Rely to Heavily on Athletic Players?

Does the MLS Rely to Heavily on Athletic Players

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Does the MLS Rely to Heavily on Athletic Players
Does the MLS Rely to Heavily on Athletic Players

In a league not known for much stylistic variety, a certain trend is emerging. In Portland, Vancouver, Dallas, New Jersey and a few other MLS locales, the order of the day is turning talent prone to speed loose into the attack. It’s hardly the possession-obsessed style that swept the leading thinking of the game in recent years, but it makes sense in the current environment.

MLS is a league that lends itself to speedy, athletic players supported by one or two adept playmakers. That combination has some of the top clubs in the Western Conference looking like teams of thoroughbreds, straining at their bridles each and every time they take the field. It’s not a matter of if they’ll run, but how much and when.

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