Earlier we posited a player from each Premier League team that could reasonably make the move to MLS (meaning it wouldn’t shock the world or rattle the media from either league).
But what about the other way around? We discuss Geoff Cameron, Tim Ream, and Tim Howard often, but it’s easy to forget that plenty of MLS players have taken swings in England to mixed results (Brek Shea, Eddie Johnson, etc.)
So here’s our flip side from the earlier PL to MLS post. Guidelines are similar. The move would have to not totally shock media and fans on either side of the globe, and have at least a shred of a chance of getting a permit to play in England. We’ll also exclude the new sides, as they’ve just acquired players.
Some are trickier than others, to be certain.
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson, 25.
Colorado Rapids: Shane O’Neill, 21
Columbus Crew: Tony Tchani, 25.
FC Dallas: Matt Hedges, 24
Would have a very difficult time getting a permit, but there’s no doubt he fits the bill for a big, strong center back in England. Perhaps Jurgen Klinsmann can help that path by using the big man in some friendlies.
DC United: Bill Hamid, 24
Houston Dynamo: Erick Torres, 21
Los Angeles Galaxy: Gyasi Zardes, 23
Electrifying talent needs to produce and produce fast for a Premier League club, and it’s likely Zardes would need to find a gateway league. But it wouldn’t be a shock to hear him get the call.
Montreal Impact: Eric Miller, 21
New England Revolution: Lee Nguyen, 28
New York Red Bulls: Eric Alexander, 26.
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake, 24
Fourteen times capped for Jamaican, the first overall pick for Philly, and plenty of upside.
Portland Timbers: Diego Valeri, 28
Real Salt Lake: Luis Gil, 21
San Jose Earthquakes: Cordell Cato, 22
Sporting Kansas City: Matt Besler, 27
Toronto FC: Jonathan Osorio, 22
Vancouver Whitecaps: Kekuta Manneh, 20
Not likely, but he’s been linked to the Premier League as recently as Fall 2013.