|As Obama would say, it’s all about change. Switching soccer teams on the professional level is that big of a deal, really. It’s more common than one might think, especially in the MLS.
How many players have played for other MLS teams? The better question would be, who hasn’t played for another MLS team. But as I was watching DC United versus Columbus the other night it caught my attention as two players in the game had played for the opposing teams. And then, there’s another question, how many players have come into the league playing one position, and ended up playing another? For the question there’s not too many.
But let’s take a look at some of the key players who’ve changed allegiances or some of the more compelling examples of players who’ve switched teams. This is especially true as the league expands and new teams come into the fold, players are left on the trading block and expansion teams are free to pick them up, new teams becoming a hodgepodge of the unwanted players of other teams.
The players who’ve made the most swaps are more often than not players who’ve been in the league the longest. There are then those players who haven’t switched clubs, like Jamie Moreno, the player who really deserves a ton of credit. Moreno is someone who’s help build the league itself–a class player who’s consistently played skillful and clever soccer.
Then there are teams that seemed to have traded the most players to other teams. Teams like San Jose/Houston and DC United. Which I think says more about the quality of those clubs than anything else, since their players are sought after and stay in the league.
Changed Positions and Teams
Players Who’ve Stayed with One Team
Names: Best last name in the MLS: Pete Vagenas. Just sounds too similar to another name. Sort of like the Seinfeld Mulva versus Delores mixup.
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