FIVE RISING PLAYERS IN MLS
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, June 29, 2012
With the Europe in the offseason, speculation as to which domestic based Americans will make the jump overseas has begun to heat up.

Obviously there are many talented yanks in MLS, but here are five players whose stocks are high.

Geoff Cameron

The versatile Houston Dynamo center back has garnered interest from a variety of European teams of late and for good reason. Ever since Dominic Kinnear permanently moved the 26-year old to the back line, Cameron has excelled. He's helped the Dynamo reach the MLS Cup final, earned call ups to then national team, and named to the MLS Best XI in 2009. Despite a rocky few weeks this season, the Dynamo ace is still raising eyebrows. Chances are the Massachusetts native makes a move across the Atlantic sooner rather than later.

Chris Pontius

Pontius continues to grow as a professional and has quickly proved to be in the MLS top tier of talent. After a difficult injury plagued season last year, the DC United man has picked up where he left off in 2009 and helped his team reach the top of the Eastern Conference. Pontius can play a variety of attacking positions, making his versatility attractive to European teams.

Brek Shea

The 22-year old midfielder has long been the subject of rumors of going to Europe. Shea holds a ton of attacking talent and was one of Jurgen Klinsmann's favorites in 2011. Of late though, the FC Dallas man has seen rough times on the field and even fallen behind in the US radar. Nevertheless, European clubs can't deny his talent and will come calling soon. If the opportunity comes, look for Shea to take it and fight his way back into the US Mens National team picture.

Juan Agudelo

Although the 19-year old forward just arrived at Chivas USA, it would not be surprising to see Agudelo make the trek over to Europe soon. He is lagging behind some of the forwards in the US player pool and a move abroad will surely catch Klinsmann's eye.

Sean Johnson

Johnson is only 23 years old, but making a move abroad could be in the future for the Chicago Fire 'keeper. American goalies have long been the target for European teams, and Johnson is proving to be a solid prospect with room to improve. Perhaps his move to Europe is further off than the rest on this list, but fans should not be surprised to see the Atlanta native on European soil soon.
Pablo
Sunday July 15, 2012 10:31 am
Good list but these guys are all known quantities. Was hoping for a list of players having a great 2012 who previously flew under the radar. Justin Morrow, Michael Farfan, or Andy Gruenenbaum (sp?) for example. Their stocks must be rising.
Dhernandez94
Monday July 9, 2012 7:11 pm
Davies was phenomenal at Boston as well as bedoya.
referee1951
Sunday July 8, 2012 4:43 pm
At least nobody has said the words Freddy Adu. The Euros scout USA for superior physical talent, and feel they have to undo much of what American coaching has instilled.They select according to the kind of systems they play and which talent fits best. Euro leagues recruit from different places - French is heavily African, Spanish is heavily S. American, Germany looks to the East European field.
richieJkulesaNY
Tuesday July 3, 2012 11:44 am
Agudelo is such an odd case. The kid is obviously talented, but he was in an awful and somewhat unfair position at NYRB. As much as I wanted him to be apart of the Red Bulls, I was happy to see him traded to Chivas where he can play. While he hasnt "proven" anything really in the MLS, you can't deny talent.
Bill
Sunday July 1, 2012 10:12 pm
Did Michael Bradley really prove anything in MLS before leaving? Or Jozy Altidore? Or how about Charlie Davies at Boston College?

I think the author has some good choices, but of course I'd say CJ Sapong deserves a shout out too.
2tone
Sunday July 1, 2012 11:07 am
Agudelo has not proved anything in MLS yet, and you have him leaving to Europe soon? By all accounts Will Bruin should be in the top 5.
Robbo
Saturday June 30, 2012 8:20 am
I think Berk Shea is not even the second or third or even the fourth best player at his position in the league.
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