The Top 25 Oldest MLS Debuts
EDIT 7/19/2011: This season so far: Faryd Mondragon became the oldest debuting player in league history on opening day with Philadelphia. Frank Rost's recent debut with NY made him the 5th oldest. As a result, Kalin Bankov, Paulinho McLaren, and Martin Zuniga fall off the top 25.
EDIT 8/19/2010: Two players who debuted in late July join the list: Blaise Nkufo entered at #21, knocking off Edwin Gorter. A week later, Eduardo Coudet came in at #15. No one exited, as two players are tied for 25th. We're getting very close to the point where all players on the list will be at least 35.
EDIT 4/8/2010: Pena's debut (8th oldest) added; Carlos Valderrama now is off the top 25.
EDIT 3/26/2010: Bumped for the new season. Former Brazilian international Andre Luiz debuted for the Earthquakes last August, and made the list at #17. Abel Xavier fell off the top 25 as a result. I expect to have to update this again shortly due to DC's signing of Juan Manuel Pena.
EDIT 4/11/2009: And Berhalter makes his regular season debut.
EDIT 4/8/2009: Gregg Berhalter debuted in an Open Cup qualifier and enters the all competitions list as the 15th oldest debutant. Blanco falls off the list. He should be entering the regular season chart at the same position very shortly.
EDIT: 3/24/2009: Kasey Keller finally made his MLS debut at the age of 39. He's now number one on the list ahead of Lothar Matthaus. Nice to see any record of Lothar's broken. Carlos Ledesma (34.37) leaves the list. No other player currently on a league roster is in position to make the list.
EDIT 7/20/2008: Francisco Lima became the 6th oldest player to debut, knocking off Lubik Kubik (34.17).
Top 25 Oldest MLS Debuts - REGULAR SEASON ONLY
The cutoff is about 3 years younger for oldest overall players compared to oldest debuts.
Top 25 Oldest MLS Debuts - ALL COMPETITIONS
Players in red have a different overall debut age compared to their MLS debut age.
Labels: player ages