Thursday, March 03, 2011

The All Time Teams - MLS 1996-2010

It's a statement many people never thought would be made - MLS has now completed 15 seasons. Wow. Every 5th year seems to be an appropriate time to look back at the past, so before we enter season number 16, I'd like to take a look at the best players for each franchise through the first 15.

More specifically, I put together all time 18-man rosters for each club. But there's one catch: each player can only be used once. That means Carlos Ruiz can't be on both Los Angeles and Dallas, Joe Cannon can't be on San Jose and Colorado, and Eddie Pope can't be on DC and New York. This rule certainly punishes some teams more than others, but I felt like it made the exercise more fun and different than your usual bunch of all time lists.

Putting together the lists, I tried very hard not to give a player to a team just because they needed somebody. Rather, I looked at the player first, determined what his first team would be, then only if they had no room for him did I go on the second one.

I took into account overall talent, longevity, awards, and fan opinions. I also looked at whether or not they were a part of the best seasons for each team, and also how many important matches they took part in.

Each roster had 18 players: 2 goalkeepers, and preferably a 6-6-4 breakdown for defenders, midfielders, and forwards, though it wasn't essential. Besides, many players played multiple positions, even though I'm only listing them at one below. I didn't feel the need to break it down further into specific positions like left back.

Now, let's begin! I did rosters for every MLS team that played from 1996-2010, so that includes Miami and Tampa Bay. With 18 teams and 18 players each, 324 are listed below (out of 1,504 who have ever played in a competitive match for an MLS team).

Let's start with the more recent teams, and work our way backwards. Stats below refer only to time spent with that club (and years played only includes years where the player made an appearance).



PHILADELPHIA UNION (2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Knighton, Brad 8 0 0 2010
GK Seitz, Chris 23 1 0 2010
D Arrieta, Cristian 15 2 0 2010
D Gonzalez, Juan Diego 7 0 0 2010
D Harvey, Jordan 29 1 1 2010
D Orozco Fiscal, Michael 30 0 2 2010
D Williams, Sheanon 8 0 0 2010
M Fred 24 1 4 2010
M Jacobson, Andrew 14 12 0 2010
M Mapp, Justin 10 5 1 2010
M Miglioranzi, Stefani 25 2 0 2010
M Nakazawa, Kyle 8 6 0 2010
M Okugo, Amobi 5 7 0 2010
M Salinas, Shea 8 10 1 2010
M Torres, Roger 11 11 0 2010
F Le Toux, Sebastien 28 1 15 2010
F McInerney, Jack 2 16 3 2010
F Mwanga, Danny 18 7 7 2010

There's only 25 players to work with, so it was easy to cut it down to 18. The only other player that could've been on this list is Eduardo Coudet, who made 9 starts. Many of these guys, including both goalkeepers, are already plying their trade elsewhere. I'm sure that in another decade, only one or two of the 18 would remain if I do this again.

Mapp was used here since he didn't make it on the Chicago list.

Used elsewhere (2): Califf, Moreno. Nothing controversial here.


SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (2009-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Boss, Terry 4 1 0 2010
GK Keller, Kasey 76 0 0 2009-2010
D Gonzalez, Leo 49 2 1 2009-2010
D Hurtado, Jhon Kennedy 41 1 1 2009-2010
D Ianni, Patrick 46 9 1 2009-2010
D Riley, James 70 3 1 2009-2010
D Scott, Zach 17 3 0 2009-2010
D
Wahl, Tyson 22 7 0 2009-2010
M Alonso, Osvaldo 58 5 2 2009-2010
M Evans, Brad 38 4 4 2009-2010
M Fernandez, Alvaro 10 13 3 2010
M Ljungberg, Freddie 38 2 2 2009-2010
M Nyassi, Sanna 30 26 5 2009-2010
M Sturgis, Nathan 34 9 1 2009-2010
M Zakuani, Steve 62 10 15 2009-2010
F Levesque, Roger 18 31 6 2009-2010
F Montero, Fredy 67 6 25 2009-2010
F Nkufo, Blaise 16 0 5 2010

It pretty much looks like last year's team. Boss is the backup keeper over Chris Eylander, since he's still actually on the roster. Evans had greater success in Columbus, but he played a small number of games compared to the other Crew candidates. Ianni could've ended up on Houston, but there's more competition there and also he was never counted on in important Dynamo matches. Likewise, Riley has already started more playoff games for the Sounders than with the Revs.

Used elsewhere (6): Jaqua, Le Toux, Marshall, Noonan, Parke, Vagenas. The only close call is Jaqua.


TORONTO FC (2007-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Frei, Stefan 64 0 0 2009-2010
GK Sutton, Greg 38 1 0 2007-2009
D Attakora, Nana 58 4 4 2008-2010
D Brennan, Jim 92 1 4 2007-2010
D Cann, Adrian 35 0 0 2010
D Gargan, Dan 31 5 1 2010
D Serioux, Adrian 29 1 2 2009
D Wynne, Marvell 74 1 2 2007-2009
M Cronin, Sam 38 3 1 2009-2010
M de Guzman, Julian 37 4 0 2009-2010
M Edu, Maurico 40 1 6 2007-2008
M LaBrocca, Nick 30 6 1 2010
M Peterson, Jacob 20 11 2 2010
M Robinson, Carl 83 1 3 2007-2009
M Vitti, Pablo 24 8 2 2009
F Barrett, Chad 64 14 21 2008-2010
F Dichio, Danny 41 25 14 2007-2009
F Santos, Maicon 12 5 5 2010

For a recent team without a lot of choices, TFC was actually a pretty hard roster to piece together. They've been below average each year in the league, though the last two years weren't as bad overall. You can't say they haven't had talent; just look at the used elsewhere list below.

Unfortunately for them, their best all time player is on Houston's roster. However, they do gain the services of Wynne, at least for now. I'd say another decent season for the Rapids and he moves there instead. I just don't like to put players on these teams who've only played one season (but with expansion teams, there's little choice). There's only one player from an original MLS team who made these rosters with one season (a certain Danish superstar).

Used elsewhere (13): Buddle, Casey, Conway, Cunningham, De Rosario, Dunivant, Garcia, Guevara, Marshall, Mulrooney, Nagamura, O'Brien, Ruiz. Ouch, but you can't really make a case for any of them belong here instead.


HOUSTON DYNAMO (2006-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Hall, Tally 18 0 1 2009-2010
GK Onstad, Pat 170 0 0 2006-2010
D Barrett, Wade 139 1 0 2006-2009
D Boswell, Bobby 110 4 6 2008-2010
D Cameron, Geoff 72 22 9 2008-2010
D Cochrane, Ryan 79 14 2 2006-2007, 2009-2010
D Robinson, Eddie 119 12 9 2006-2010
D Waibel, Craig 107 9 8 2006-2010
M Ashe, Corey 68 65 4 2007-2010
M Clark, Ricardo 127 2 8 2006-2009
M Davis, Brad 145 18 19 2006-2010
M De Rosario, Dwayne 100 12 32 2006-2008
M Holden, Stuart 76 46 22 2006-2009
M Mullan, Brian 163 21 12 2006-2010
F Ching, Brian 125 19 57 2006-2010
F Jaqua, Nate 35 12 13 2007-2008
F Moreno, Alejandro 39 6 6 2006-2007
F Ngwenya, Joseph 39 10 12 2007, 2010

Yes, San Jose is getting the shaft once again. Their roster isn't pretty to look at compared to this. The only player who was more of an Quake IMO was Richard Mulrooney, but the Dynamo get every other important player.

There's been a revolving forward corp outside of Ching, and it was close to give them Jaqua and Moreno. In the end, Jaqua's role in the 2007 championship team gave them the edge over Seattle, while the Crew had plenty of other forwards.

Used elsewhere (5): Cerritos, Ianni, Mulrooney, Serioux, C.Wondolowski.


REAL SALT LAKE (2005-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Countess, D.J. 27 0 0 2005
GK Rimando, Nick 125 0 0 2007-2010
D Beltran, Tony 56 10 0 2008-2010
D Borchers, Nat 105 1 4 2008-2010
D Olave, Jamison 89 1 9 2008-2010
D Russell, Robbie 60 9 1 2008-2010
D Wingert, Chris 104 9 1 2007-2010
M Ballouchy, Mehdi 43 7 2 2006-2007
M Beckerman, Kyle 107 3 13 2007-2010
M Grabavoy, Ned 31 24 3 2009-2010
M Johnson, Will 76 5 9 2008-2010
M Kovalenko, Dema 22 4 2 2008
M Morales, Javier 93 10 18 2007-2010
M Williams, Andy 117 63 16 2005-2010
F Espindola, Fabian 58 24 18 2007-2010
F Findley, Robbie 70 45 34 2007-2010
F Movsisyan, Yura 42 20 17 2007-2009
F Saborio, Alvaro 31 5 18 2010

Easy roster, but lots to discuss. I know, I know, Countess is the first thing you notice. I'll explain. After Rimando, Scott Garlick is the next choice. But he's on Tampa's roster, while Seitz is with Philly. I just couldn't put Reynish and his handful of starts over a full season starter like D.J. After this year, I'd expect a change would be in order.

Second, Ballouchy? He's the 18th man, and the pickings were pretty slim. How do you feel about Jean Alexandre, Chris Brown, or Kenny Cutler instead?

Third, Kovalenko. Clearly he'll be remembered mostly as a Chicago and DC player, then an LA player, then probably a NY player with RSL as his 5th team. But I just didn't have room for him anywhere else, so he fits in here.

Used elsewhere (14): Cunningham, Dunseth, Garlick, Harris, Kamler, Klein, Kotschau, Kreis, Mathis, Pope, Seitz, Sturgis, Talley, Washington.


CD CHIVAS USA (2005-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Burpo, Preston 23 0 0 2006-2007
GK Guzan, Brad 86 1 0 2005-2008
D Bornstein, Jonathan 135 6 9 2006-2010
D Suarez, Claudio 70 5 9 2006-2009
D Thomas, Shavar 68 2 0 2007-2009
D Trujillo, Mariano 53 4 0 2009-2010
D Vaughn, Lawson 44 10 1 2006-2008
D Zotinca, Alex 28 3 0 2007-2008, 2010
M Garcia, Juan Pablo 40 0 9 2005-2006
M Harris, Atiba 44 7 6 2008-2009
M Kljestan, Sacha 126 4 16 2006-2010
M Mendoza, Francisco 121 6 5 2005-2008
M Nagamura, Paulo 101 4 9 2007-2010
M Padilla, Jesus 28 17 10 2009-2010
F Braun, Justin 58 18 19 2008-2010
F Galindo, Maykel 52 23 19 2007-2010
F Lillingston, Eduardo 18 11 8 2009
F Palencia, Juan Francisco 33 2 8 2005-2006

Same years as RSL, but much more difficult, with the final few selections like pulling teeth. The Chicago connection helped them results-wise, but it hurts here with Marsch/Razov/Thornton on the Fire roster.

Burpo vs Kennedy for the backup GK seemed pretty even. The team was more successful in Burpo's years, so I went with him. That's a tiebreaker I used a few times in this whole process.

Used elsewhere (10): Curtin, Guevara, Hendrickson, Hernandez, Llamosa, Marsch, Razov, Santos, Talley, Thornton.


MIAMI FUSION (1998-2001)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Cassar, Jeff 56 1 0 1998-2001
GK Lagerwey, Garth 15 3 0 1999-2000
D Cullen, Leo 94 6 1 1998-2001
D Dunseth, Brian 9 8 0 2001
D Gorter, Edwin 16 1 3 1999
D Kamler, Brian 34 13 0 1999-2000
D McKinley, Ivan 34 2 2 2000-2001
D Webber, Wade 37 2 0 1998-1999
M Alavanja, Lazo 16 7 1 2001
M Bilyk, Jeff 26 17 0 1999-2001
M Bishop, Ian 30 1 0 2001
M Gutierrez, Henry 79 12 14 1998-2000
M Machon, Martin 25 3 3 2000
M Maessner, John 29 15 0 1998-1999
M Rooney, Jim 73 7 14 1999-2001
F Pineda Chacon, Alex 29 3 20 2001
F Serna, Diego 104 11 59 1998-2001
F Welton 38 14 18 1999-2000

Along with their contraction brothers TB, the hardest team. They had one good year (2001), when the majority of that team was put together for just that season, so most of that lineup ends up on another team (when in doubt, I included the remaining 2001 contributors.) Adding to the difficulty is the fact that I didn't start following MLS until the year 2000, so my knowledge of earlier players is shaky.

Let's look at the 2001 Supporters' Shield winners. By my count, 6/11 of the starting lineup goes elsewhere: Rimando/Mastroeni/Llamosa/Marshall/Henderson/Preki. They retain McKinley/Rooney/Bishop/Chacon/Serna. I always wonder what would've happened if, say, Colorado or Dallas had been contracted instead of the Fusion? Not so much from a financial standpoint, but rather with the dispersal draft and player movement. I should make a couple of hypothetical posts in the future.

Used elsewhere (16): Beckerman, Corrales, Heaps, Henderson, Kooiman, Lassiter, Llamosa, Marshall, Mastroeni, Okaroh, Preki, Rimando, Valderrama, Vaudreuil, Williams, Wynalda. Overall, they probably lost at least half of their top 18.


TAMPA BAY MUTINY (1996-2001)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Dougherty, Mark 58 2 0 1996-1997
GK Garlick, Scott 81 0 0 1999-2001
D Addo, Joseph 60 5 2 1999-2001
D Duhaney, Mike 45 2 0 1997-1998
D Kinnear, Dominic 52 30 4 1998-2000
D Kooiman, Cle 64 0 3 1996-1997
D McCarty, Chad 63 1 2 1998-2001
D Pittman, Steve 32 0 2 1996
D Yallop, Frank 92 4 1 1996-1998
M Keller, Josh 87 4 5 1998-2001
M Quill, Eric 57 25 8 1997-2001
M Ramos, Mauricio 51 5 13 1998-1999
M Valderrama, Carlos 129 1 13 1996-1997, 1999-2001
M Vasquez, Martin 68 0 10 1996-1997
F Diallo, Mamadou 51 4 39 2000-2001
F Galderisi, Giuseppe 41 3 12 1996-1997
F Prampin, Alan 45 18 14 1997-1999
F Shannon, Musa 33 22 22 1997-1999

1996 was their peak, with 2000 the second best year and 1997 alright. Their roster is hurt by the losses of 1996 contributors Hejduk/Lassiter/Ralston, but they still appear much stronger than Miami.

Garlick might've ended up on several other teams - COL/DC/RSL. I know through 2007, he held the record for the most games played without reaching 100 for a single team. Pittman's a guy I included based on Soccer America's opinion - he was named in a 2000 article as part of the Mutiny's all time best xi (same for Gorter and Miami).

Used elsewhere (11): Diaz Arce, Hejduk, Hernandez, Kotschau, Lagos, Lassiter, Maessner, McKinley, Pena, Ralston, Trittschuh.


SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (1996-2005, 2008-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Cannon, Joe 183 0 0 1999-2002, 2008-2010
GK Conway, Jon 30 1 0 2000-2005
D Corrales, Ramiro 195 26 14 1996-1997, 2001-2004, 2008-2010
D Dayak, Troy 141 8 10 1996-1998, 2001-2005
D Doyle, John 137 3 13 1996-2000
D Dunivant, Todd 51 3 1 2003-2004
D Hernandez, Jason 74 1 0 2008-2010
M Baicher, Jeff 86 22 22 1996-1999
M Convey, Bobby 56 2 4 2009-2010
M Ekelund, Ronnie 105 11 15 2001-2004
M Lagos, Manny 81 20 21 2001-2003
M Lewis, Eddie 103 19 9 1996-1999
M Mulrooney, Richard 180 9 6 1999-2004
M Russell, Ian 112 49 10 2000-2005
F Cerritos, Ronald 148 15 66 1997-2001, 2005
F Huckerby, Darren 27 1 9 2008-2009
F Wondolowski, Chris 38 11 22 2005, 2009-2010
F Wynalda, Eric 55 6 21 1996-1998

This is what's left after being hit by a Texas tornado: another team where they end up with only half of their real top 18. And not it's just the Houston move; they also lose Jeff Agoos and Landon Donovan, who accomplished more in DC and LA respectively. On the bright side, I did give them Cannon. He could've easily gone to Colorado. Even though his best season was there (2004), he was also goalkeeper of the year while in SJ, and had more games and a title with the Quakes.

But without the loss of the Houston players, Convey and Wynalda would've ended up without a team. And this team does include 7/11 starters from the 2001 MLS Cup win.

Used elsewhere (35): Agoos, Barrett, Bravo, Burns, Burpo, Busch, Califf, Ching, Chung, Clark, Cochrane, Conrad, Cronin, Davis, De Rosario, Diaz Arce, Donovan, Elliott, Garcia, Grabavoy, Graziani, Gutierrez, Kinnear, Levesque, Moreno, Mullan, R.O'Brien, Onstad, O'Rourke, Riley, Robinson, Salinas, Savarese, Vasquez, Waibel.


CHICAGO FIRE (1998-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Busch, Jon 77 0 0 2007-2009
GK Thornton, Zach 269 3 0 1998-2003, 2005-2006
D Bocanegra, Carlos 116 4 7 2000-2003
D Brown, C.J. 364 8 5 1998-2010
D Conde, Wilman 79 9 6 2007-2010
D Curtin, Jim 168 18 5 2001-2007
D Kubik, Lubos 86 2 19 1998-2000
D Segares, Gonzalo 131 5 9 2005-2010
M Armas, Chris 269 4 12 1998-2007
M Beasley, DaMarcus 123 12 18 2000-2004
M Blanco, Cuauhtemoc 69 8 19 2007-2009
M Gutierrez, Diego 176 21 10 1998-2001, 2006-2008
M Marsch, Jesse 239 21 23 1998-2005
M Nowak, Peter 146 1 29 1998-2002
F Ralph, Damani 62 4 28 2003-2004
F Razov, Ante 176 20 95 1998-2005
F Rolfe, Chris 127 22 40 2005-2009
F Stoichkov, Hristo 41 29 24 2000-2002

No Josh Wolff; he's with the Wizards. In another CHI-KC battle, the Fire ended up with Gutierrez. Both played more games with the team I put them on. Plus, Gutierrez won a title in Chicago, but didn't in KC. Wolff was a bit closer, because his peak probably was in Chicago, but he didn't start in the 1998 or 2000 MLS Cups, while he was KC's biggest threat in 2004. Also, I wanted any excuse to use the name Damante Razalph once again (the combination of Ralph & Razov which tore it up in 2003).

Other than Wolff, the Fire have every other player they'd want (with the possible exception of Brian McBride). Busch was another tough decision vs the Crew, but he won the GK of the year award in Chicago. I'm not quite sure Curtin should be included, but he played lots of games for plenty of good teams.

Used elsewhere (19): Barrett, Countess, Jaqua, W.Johnson, Keller, Kotschau, Kovalenko, Lagos, Ljungberg, Mapp, McBride, Okaroh, Pickens, Sanneh, Sutton, Vaudreuil, Williams, Wolff, Wynalda.


COLUMBUS CREW (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Friedel, Brad 45 0 0 1996-1997
GK Hesmer, Will 113 0 1 2007-2010
D Clark, Mike 260 5 3 1996-2003
D Dooley, Tom 70 8 7 1997-1999
D Hejduk, Frankie 167 4 9 2003-2010
D Lapper, Mike 119 11 5 1997-2002
D Marshall, Chad 187 4 16 2004-2010
D O'Rourke, Danny 114 5 0 2007-2010
M Barros Schelotto, Guillermo 112 6 38 2007-2010
M Carroll, Brian 105 2 2 2008-2010
M Gaven, Eddie 151 16 25 2006-2010
M Maisonneuve, Brian 191 17 25 1996-1999, 2001-2004
M Rogers, Robbie 85 14 16 2007-2010
M Warzycha, Robert 156 31 22 1996-2002
F Cunningham, Jeff 140 79 71 1998-2004
F John, Stern 66 4 55 1998-1999
F McBride, Brian 196 4 79 1996-2003
F Washington, Dante 58 29 33 1996, 2000-2002, 2004

Two contentious decisions here: Edson Buddle and Carroll. I feel like the former is at the point where I consider him more of an LA Galaxy player. Even though he played more games for the Crew, Buddle had his best season with LA in 2010 and he also advanced to the MLS Cup with them in 2009. So they lost out on him, but they did get Carroll. I was considering him for DC's final spot, but I just felt like he was a more important part of Columbus' title run than DC's. He was equally impressive for both teams (1 MLS Cup, 2 shields), though he had more games with DC. Maybe I felt it would be harsh for both of those decisions to go against them?

Used elsewhere (29): Buddle, Busch, Caligiuri, Dougherty, Duhaney, Dunseth, Elliott, Evans, Fraser, Grabavoy, Harkes, Henderson, Hendrickson, Kotschau, Lagos, McCarty, Miglioranzi, Moreno, Ngwenya, Noonan, Oshoniyi, Paule, Pineda Chacon, Presthus, Razov, Sanneh, Walker, A.Williams, Wingert.


COLORADO RAPIDS (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Hahnemann, Marcus 74 2 0 1997-1999
GK Pickens, Matt 52 0 0 2009-2010
D Balboa, Marcelo 163 8 25 1996-2001
D Kimura, Kosuke 73 8 3 2007-2010
D Kotschau, Ritchie 117 15 2 2001-2005
D Martinez, Chris 111 13 0 1997-2001
D Trittschuh, Steve 102 0 12 1996-1998
D Vaudreuil, David 76 1 0 1998-2000
M Chung, Mark 96 2 27 2002-2005
M Cooke, Terry 100 16 5 2005-2009
M Henderson, Chris 193 11 37 1996-1998, 2002-2005
M Limpar, Anders 32 10 3 1999-2000
M Mastroeni, Pablo 204 7 5 2002-2010
M Paule, Ross 90 38 19 1997-2001
F Bravo, Paul 137 16 46 1997-2001
F Casey, Conor 84 10 45 2007-2010
F Cummings, Omar 78 26 31 2007-2010
F Spencer, John 91 9 43 2001-2004

You'd think it would be easier to do the original franchises. Definitely not in the case of the Rapids. Much of the 2010 championship roster hasn't been there for more than a year. Besides last season, the other outstanding year in Rapids history was 1999.

I think this roster could change greatly in a few years if the current team sticks together. The defense especially could a makeover; so many of their candidates were better placed on other teams. The forwards look good, but they were hurt everywhere else. I've already mentioned Cannon, but it must really sting to see Beckerman and Borchers on the RSL squad.

Used elsewhere (37): Ballouchy, Beckerman, Borchers, Burciaga, Burpo, Cann, J.Cannon, Cullen, Cunningham, Diaz Arce, Fraser, Gargan, Garlick, C.Gomez, Harris, Harvey, Kinnear, LaBrocca, Larentowicz, Marshall, Mathis, McKeon, Moor, Mullan, Noonan, Peterson, Petke, Sanneh, Serna, Shannon, Thornton, Valderrama, Vanney, Vermes, Waibel, Wingert, Wynne.


DC UNITED (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Perkins, Troy 119 0 0 2004-2007, 2010
GK Presthus, Tom 79 4 0 1997-2001
D Agoos, Jeff 174 4 7 1996-2001
D Llamosa, Carlos 102 12 3 1997-2001
D Namoff, Bryan 231 29 6 2001-2009
D Nelsen, Ryan 94 5 7 2001-2004
D Pope, Eddie 187 4 14 1996-2002
D Talley, Carey 122 36 15 1998-2001, 2010
M Etcheverry, Marco 229 12 40 1996-2003
M Gomez, Christian 147 18 63 2004-2007, 2009
M Harkes, John 108 3 14 1996-1998
M Olsen, Ben 256 28 35 1998-2009
M Sanneh, Tony 87 11 21 1996-1998
M Williams, Richie 207 6 10 1996-2002
F Diaz Arce, Raul 85 4 60 1996-1997, 2000-2001
F Emilio, Luciano 109 13 56 2007-2010
F Lassiter, Roy 74 12 49 1998-1999, 2002
F Moreno, Jaime 373 52 162 1996-2002, 2004-2010

Emilio's the only player who didn't win an MLS Cup. One of the easiest teams to put together, though I'm already regretting Talley a bit. Is it better to pick somebody who was a part of those glory days, rather than say a Clyde Simms? Josh Gros and Brandon Prideaux could've filled that spot as well.

DC loses out on Carroll, as mentioned above, and Rimando. Other than that, they have everyone they'd want. Maybe Garlick.

Used elsewhere (20): Alavanja, Albright, Boswell, B.Carroll, Cerritos, Convey, Garlick, Hendrickson, John, Kamler, Kovalenko, Maessner, Mapp, Marsch, McKinley, Petke, Rimando, Stoichkov, Vanney, Vaudreuil.


FC DALLAS (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Dodd, Mark 108 5 0 1996-1999
GK Sala, Dario 110 1 0 2005-2010
D Dade, Eric 116 16 4 1997-2001
D Farrer, Richard 164 26 7 1996-2002
D Gbandi, Chris 113 13 3 2003-2007
D Goodson, Clarence 80 12 6 2004-2007
D Moor, Drew 127 15 8 2005-2009
D Rodriguez, Jorge 168 20 27 1997-2002
M Alvarez, Leonel 82 1 4 1996, 1998-1999
M Deering, Chad 157 18 19 1998-2003
M Ferreira, David 64 1 18 2009-2010
M O'Brien, Ronnie 104 15 16 2002-2006
M Pareja, Oscar 171 35 13 1998-2005
M Santel, Mark 139 21 7 1996-2000
F Cooper, Kenny 93 7 44 2006-2009
F Graziani, Ariel 68 3 36 1999-2001
F Johnson, Eddie 61 35 28 2001-2005
F Kreis, Jason 259 28 99 1996-2004

Dallas had a long period of stability from the beginning, keeping the same coach (Dave Dir) and much of the same roster for years. They were generally good every year, but only ended up with the 1997 US Open Cup to show for it. Like Colorado, most of last year's team doesn't have enough longevity as of yet.

Ruiz is a big miss. Vanney's also a possible choice, but he goes to LA too. Cunningham and Washington could've merited inclusion as well.

Used elsewhere (24): Alavanja, Cassar, Cerritos, Countess, Cunningham, Davis, Dunseth, Garlick, Harris, Hartman, Hendrickson, Hernandez, Jolley, Kubik, Lagerwey, Mulrooney, Ruiz, Serioux, Talley, Thomas, van den Bergh, Vanney, Washington, Webber.


LOS ANGELES GALAXY (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Hartman, Kevin 301 6 0 1997-2006
GK Ricketts, Donovan 63 0 0 2009-2010
D Albright, Chris 131 19 12 2002-2007
D Califf, Danny 129 11 9 2000-2004
D Caligiuri, Paul 136 14 8 1997-2001
D Fraser, Robin 157 2 2 1996-2000
D Marshall, Tyrone 143 13 6 2002-2007
D Vanney, Greg 225 12 29 1996-2001, 2008
M Cienguegos, Mauricio 255 15 45 1996-2003
M Elliott, Simon 158 12 14 1999-2003
M Hendrickson, Ezra 164 27 26 1997-2003
M Jones, Cobi 355 37 82 1996-2007
M Pena, Danny 117 6 10 1997-2001
M Vagenas, Peter 211 28 17 2000-2008
F Buddle, Edson 86 15 44 2007-2010
F Donovan, Landon 163 11 89 2005-2010
F Hurtado, Eduardo 59 2 37 1996-1998
F Ruiz, Carlos 92 12 69 2002-2004, 2008

So many defensive options, and yes, this is a David Beckham-free zone. Let's see what happens this year. Besides Becks, there's no room for Sasha (not Sacha) Victorine or Alexi Lalas. Neither player was used for any team.

I don't see any players whom the Galaxy could've used who first went to another team. Maybe an outside chance for Clint Mathis.

Used elsewhere (31): Armas, Cannon, Ching, Dunivant, Dunseth, Findley, Franchino, Grabavoy, D.Hernandez, Jaqua, Jolley, Klein, Kovalenko, E.Lewis, Machon, Mathis, Miglioranzi, Moreno, Mullan, Nagamura, Ngwenya, Pineda Chacon, Razov, Reis, Russell, Sanneh, Serna, Sturgis, Thomas, Waibel, Welton.


NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Reis, Matt 229 1 0 2003-2010
GK Zenga, Walter 49 0 0 1997, 1999
D Burns, Mike 101 10 4 1996-2000
D Franchino, Joe 186 8 5 2000-2008
D Heaps, Jay 289 6 12 2001-2009
D John, Avery 77 4 1 2004-2007
D Okaroh, Francis 51 0 0 1996-1997
D Parkhurst, Michael 138 0 1 2005-2008
M Dempsey, Clint 81 3 26 2004-2006
M Dorman, Andy 93 38 19 2004-2007
M Hernandez, Daniel 49 11 4 2002-2003, 2005-2006
M Joseph, Shalrie 249 6 33 2003-2010
M Larentowicz, Jeff 128 11 12 2005-2009
M Ralston, Steve 238 5 48 2002-2009
F Harris, Wolde 84 24 30 2000-2003
F Moore, Joe-Max 97 6 43 1996-1999, 2003-2004
F Noonan, Pat 126 22 46 2003-2007
F Twellman, Taylor 199 12 119 2002-2009

Slim pickings at defender. Maybe Lalas here? They were only average defensively in the first two seasons, though I did include Okaroh (who seemed to be a popular choice among fans).

Only four players are from the 1990s, which gives you an idea of quality for the early Revs teams. Moore was the team's brightest star; did you know he was almost traded to Miami in 1998 for Valderrama?

Used elsewhere (27): Albright, Alvarez, Baicher, Burpo, Cullen, Diallo, Diaz Arce, Dunseth, Galderisi, Gorter, Graziani, Harkes, Hurtado, Kamler, Knighton, Llamosa, McKinley, Pareja, Pineda Chacon, Ramos, Riley, Rooney, Savarese, Serna, Welton, Williams, Wynalda.


NEW YORK RED BULLS (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Howard, Tim 95 2 0 1998-2003
GK Walker, Jonny 51 0 0 2003-2004
D Harty, Rhett 69 1 2 1996-1998
D Jolley, Steve 138 9 8 2000-2003, 2006
D Mendes, Carlos 129 17 0 2005-2010
D Parke, Jeff 136 7 1 2004-2008
D Petke, Mike 185 12 7 1998-2002, 2009-2010
M Guevara, Amado 114 3 39 2003-2006
M Donadoni, Roberto 54 1 6 1996-1997
M Ramos, Tab 122 9 10 1996-2002
M Richards, Dane 100 16 15 2007-2010
M Stammler, Seth 139 18 7 2004-2010
M van den Bergh, Dave 58 4 10 2007-2008
F Angel, Juan Pablo 109 3 62 2007-2010
F Djorkaeff, Youri 49 0 13 2005-2006
F Mathis, Clint 99 11 45 2001-2003, 2007
F Savarese, Giovanni 69 27 44 1996-1998
F Valencia, Adolfo 53 12 29 2000-2001

Yeah, there's been a lot of turnover in NY, which leads to so many of the 18 having short stints. But there's also been plenty of quality goalscorers, which leaves no room for Jozy Altidore. On the bad side, there's a lack of quality elsewhere. I think after 2011, Lindpere and Ream will be on their way towards inclusion.

I didn't include John Wolyniec, who can't compare to the other forwards. There wasn't any room for Duncan Oughton in Columbus or Bobby Rhine in Dallas, either.

Meola/Pope would've made this team for sure if they weren't taken already. Probably Chung as well.

Used elsewhere (42): Addo, Agoos, Albright, Balboa, Ballouchy, Buddle, Chung, Clark, Conway, Corrales, Davis, Diallo, Dooley, Duhaney, Dunivant, Gaven, Henderson, Hendrickson, D.Hernandez, J.Hernandez, Hurtado, Kamler, Kovalenko, Lagos, Meola, Moreno, O'Rourke, Paule, Pope, Quill, Razov, Robinson, Rooney, Serna, Sutton, Talley, Thornton, Vermes, A.Williams, R.Williams, Wynne, Zavagnin.


SPORTING KANSAS CITY (1996-2010)



Start Sub Goal Years Played
GK Meola, Tony 156 0 0 1999-2004
GK Oshoniyi, Bo 105 5 0 2000-2006
D Bowers, Sean 113 7 4 1996-1999
D Burciaga, Jose 123 7 15 2001-2007
D Conrad, Jimmy 228 2 17 2003-2010
D Garcia, Nick 272 1 1 2000-2007
D Okafor, Uche 116 14 2 1996-2000
D Vermes, Peter 91 1 2 2000-2002
M Arnaud, Davy 218 29 52 2002-2010
M Jewsbury, Jack 162 56 15 2003-2010
M Klein, Chris 216 19 43 1998-2005
M McKeon, Matt 159 24 18 1996-2002
M Preki 229 25 81 1996-2000, 2002-2005
M Zavagnin, Kerry 281 10 8 2000-2008
F Johnston, Mo 157 12 32 1996-2001
F Molnar, Miklos 23 1 17 2000
F Simutenkov, Igor 50 12 20 2002-2004
F Wolff, Josh 143 21 46 2003-2006, 2008-2010

Molnar's the lone player from an original MLS team to make one of these rosters with a single season. I think only an MVP caliber season is worthy of that honor, and he had one. Almost every starter for the 2000 MLS Cup winners is represented, with the exceptions of Henderson (COL) and Brandon Prideaux. Poor Prideaux, he already went an entire MLS career without scoring a goal and now this. I left him off here and DC, so he ends up without a team (and the most games played for any player not included on these rosters). Right call?

The Wizards, I mean Sporting, lose out on Chung and Hartman (and maybe EJ). Wow, Chung could've legitimately been on three original MLS all time teams (COL/KC/NY).

Used elsewhere (19): Burns, Chung, Gutierrez, Harris, Hartman, Henderson, Hesmer, E.Johnson, Lagerwey, Lassiter, Movsisyan, Prampin, Quill, Santel, Talley, Thomas, van den Bergh, Wahl, Zotinca.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 PM, March 09, 2011) : 

DC United fan here (season ticket holder all 15 years). Love the list. Love all the passion you have for the league. Love your posts, your videos, and your other contributions over the years. Big ups.

Now then, to my solitary gripe with these rosters: There's just no way Mark Chung should be on Colorado instead of KC. No way. When I think of those early Wiz/Wizards teams, I think of three players - Preki, Digital Takawara, and Mark Chung. He made multiple MLS Best 11 teams with KC and was an integral part of their midfield for a long time.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:41 PM, March 09, 2011) : 

I just found out Mark Chung was a Best XI selection only once with KC, and twice with Colorado, so I was wrong in referencing his "multiple" selections for KC. It doesn't change my personal team identification for him, but it certainly helps me better understand why others might place him on the Colorado roster.

This also gives me another opportunity to thank you for bringing all this information together and distilling it into so many interesting topics. You're doing more of a service to the league you love than you think you are.

 

Blogger scaryice said ... (4:07 AM, March 10, 2011) : 

Thanks for the kind words.

Yeah, Chung was a player who probably could've been on three teams (NY too). He was not only Best XI twice with the Rapids, but also a finalist for league MVP with them in 2002. I also think Rapids fans seem to hold him in higher regard than Wizards fans.

I was considering Takawira, but I put Simutenkov on instead. Like I wrote, I didn't start watching the league until 2000, so I have shaky knowledge of players before then.

 

Blogger mmcginnis35 said ... (7:59 AM, March 10, 2011) : 

I love this list. I have only looked at DCU so far but also instantly locked onto Talley as the weakest link.

I don't like your options though. Simms and Gross are Mids to me, and I'd instinctively put Boswell, Petke, and Namoff ahead of him. Especially since defense was so woeful in the early days of the league.

 

Anonymous per head service said ... (5:00 PM, January 26, 2013) : 

Amazing list. It is getting more competitive and I expect that it will become even more.

 

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