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Who will be the next big player to join MLS? (1)

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Whether or not players in Major League Soccer will admit it, MLS is a league for talented European players to go once their career is waning.

The first player to join Major League Soccer in his final years was David Beckham, who joined LA Galaxy in the summer of 2007. 

Growing talent pool

Beckham joining the MLS was a huge step for the league, and since then players from across Europe's top leagues have made the switch. New York City's newest MLS franchise, NYCFC, now has Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Frank Lampard in its starting eleven. 

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The quality of the MLS is certainly not at the standard of Europe's top leagues, but the caliber of talent is improving every year. 

Argentine Ignacio Piatti, star player for the Montreal Impact, has lit up MLS since joining from San Lorenzo in 2013. The 30-year-old has scored eight and assisted five in 21 games for Montreal in the 2015 MLS season alone. Piatti's Argentine compatriot Federico Higuain has also lit up MLS for three years with Columbus Crew, scoring 30 and assisting 19 goals in total.

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Piatti and Higuain are good enough to be playing in a side in the Premier League. Whether or not they will make the switch is a different question, but their talent is undeniable.

It is arguable that it stagnates MLS for older players to move there, but it undoubtedly increases the notoriety of the league.

Huge European talents have been rumored with moves to The States recently, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, but here are five players whose moves to Major League Soccer would make a lot of sense. 

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