Like anything else in life, sports have a way of masking the transition of time until, suddenly, you look up and it’s been five years, eight years, maybe even 12 years, and everything is totally different. It’s difficult watching Tracy McGrady struggle in Chinese exhibition games when he should be still good enough to make an NBA roster. It’s hard seeing Tom Brady get criticized by everyone, from his fans to his coaches. The passage of time goes the same way for soccer fans.
Still, the 2014 MLS season has been an especially intriguing transitional year for the league. An icon (no, not that kind, only Landon Donovan) has already announced his retirement, and another (Thierry Henry) may well be on his way out of the league too. (Doesn’t that make you feel old?) While traditional goal scoring machines like Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins have kept themselves at or near the top of the individual tables, a new guard is beginning to make itself known as well, riding the wave of momentum that what this summer’s World Cup.
Some of these players are really young and some are just pretty young, but despite their youth the new stable of stars is beginning to make its presence felt in MLS, a great thing for a league always thirsting for excitement and charismatic young studs. Some have helped vault cellar-dwellers into contention for playoffs spots, others have helped top-of-the-table sides stay right where they want to be, but in either case their impact has been felt across the league in 2014. With the regular season concluding this Sunday, make sure you’re ready for the playoffs to start. Here are The Biggest Breakout Stars in Major League Soccer This Year.
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