MLS Season Preview 2015

The Major League Soccer season is upon us. Sean Cook of TalkingTHFC runs through the 2015 season preview for Onefootball.

The Major League Soccer season is upon us. Sean Cook of TalkingTHFC runs through the 2015 season preview for Onefootball.

The MLS Season is almost upon us, and with some of the biggest names in world football making moves to the States, it seems we are in for an exciting campaign. 

Not only will there be two new clubs this season (Orlando City and New York City FC), but with sides such as reigning champions LA Galaxy repeatedly achieving success in the MLS, it seems the standard of football has exceeded expectations in recent years. 

Players already part of this exciting division indicate that the MLS has more than meets the eye. With the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill finding success in America, a new-wave of talent is crossing the pond to take part. 

Other exciting faces familiar to fans back in England is New York Red Bulls’ ‘designated’ player, Bradley Wright-Phillips. Scoring 31 goals for the club last season, the former Charlton Athletic forward has proven a real-winner in the States, and told Sky Sports that he is keen to get his brother to join this progressive division.

All we know is that the increasing excitement around this upcoming campaign has made many quickly fall in love with the MLS, and all that the future holds.

Below are my five reasons to be excited for the new campaign:

1. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard 

With both players showing this season that they still have what it takes to compete at the top level, it may come as a surprise that the pair have opted to leave for the MLS so soon. But with Gerrard joining arguably the best side currently in rotation in the USA (LA Galaxy), and with Lampard joining new franchise New York City FC alongside David Villa, fans over in the States will be excited to see what they can achieve in US Soccer. 

2. LA Galaxy 

The influence of big names has helped to boost the Galaxy in their hunt for glory. With Beckham’s signature back in 2007 a major acquisition for the five-time MLS champions, the likes of Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan have been able to build on his impression, achieving vast success at the club. Current favourites to regain their title, it will be interesting to see how the Galaxy fair this year.   

3. Seattle Sounders 

Narrowly falling to the Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship last season, the Sounders have been yet another exciting upcoming prospect. Attracting the likes of Clint Dempsey was no easy task, given many clubs were interested in Captain America himself. Another tribute to the Sounders is Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin, a former Sounders full-back. His rise through the national side for the Washington-based club showed that this side can be a springboard for glory. Watch this space. 

4. David Villa 

Yet another exciting signing for the MLS. Joining new side New York City, Villa will be hoping that the more free-flowing style in America will boost his already impressive goal-scoring record. Proven at the top level for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, New York will use his striking prowess to launch a serious bid to topple city-rivals, the Red Bulls.

5. Kaka 

A rather surprising signature for new franchise Orlando City, Kaka is the most talked about of all the newest additions to the league. Speaking during a press conference in fluent English, the AC Milan legend appeared genuinely excited to make history in front of over 60,000 on Sunday at the Citrus Bowl. With their game against New York the primary fixture for Sky Sports this Sunday, the world will be watching as Kaka takes to the stage in a new chapter in MLS history. 

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