Labelled as one of the world's retirement leagues, Major League Soccer is finally starting to stand on its own two feet and stand up for itself as an outstanding 2015 campaign is in its final quarter.
The likes of Kaka, Didier Drogba, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard have all made their debut appearances at their new clubs with many big names rumoured to follow across the pond. John Terry, Ronaldinho, Robin van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are just the best of a huge bunch linked to MLS in recent months.
However, hidden amongst the giant figures in America's answer to the Premier League are many gems who could easily make it into England's top flight. You may not have heard of them, but that may well change in the coming years if BPL clubs keep their ears pricked on such a growing league. So, with a handful of games remaining, here are five stars you may not have noticed this season.
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5. Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)
In their debut season in MLS, Orlando has been taken back by surprise due to the full force of quality that is now catered for in America. Thankfully, the Lions' top scorer this season with eleven goals, Cyle Larin, has been helped to the top spot by footballing legend and worldwide landmark, Kaka.
The towering presence of the 20-year-old gives the rapid wingers, Cristian Higuita and Pedro Ribeiro, a huge target to aim for when delivering a delicious ball into the box. These are consequently nodded into the back of the net by Larin more often than not.
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The Canadian reminds me of Everton's Romelu Lukaku, who like Larin is a young but incredibly strong individual. He is capable of creating chances, but also able to connect to deliveries from all across the midfield.
4. Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy)
Onto a side that you might be more familiar with now. Sebastian Lletget is evidently enjoying playing his trade with former Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard as his goalscoring record would suggest. The former West Ham United winger has hit seven goals in twice as many games and has used the productivity of Gerrard to help that form take a rise.
The 23-year-old reminds me very much of Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady, who lit up the Premier League last season. He offers plenty of support to forwards, Robbie Keane and Giovanni Dos Santos, but also likes to cash in with a goal or two.
3. Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)
Somebody needs to launch a bid to bring Fabian Castillo to the Premier League because watching this guy is a real treat. Any keen FIFA player will tell you that the Colombian has bags of pace, and any FC Dallas fan will say that the 23-year-old is a wonderkid.
Having scored nine goals this season (most of his goals being self-created), it's almost like having a similar version of Neymar around.
2. David Accam (Chicago Fire)
Talk about strikers having confidence, David Accam exceeds that description. The 24-year-old Ghanaian has been seen chipping the keeper, taking it around the keeper and slotting it past the keeper in recent weeks.
Without him, Chicago Fire's playoff bid would be all but dead by now, but the former Forest Green Rovers academy forward has helped the Illinois-based side push on this season, providing eight goals.
Accam is most similar to Jermain Defoe in the Premier League. Both are powerful forwards who take virtually all of their chances.
1. Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew)
There's scoring goals, and then there's having fun. Kei Kamara is doing just that for Columbus Crew, a player that Norwich City and Middlesbrough fans should be fond of.
20 goals is the tally that the 31-year old has racked up so far this season, and with Columbus' almost inevitable participation in the playoffs, it would be no surprise if Kamara can hit 30 goals.
Such an impressive record replicates that of Sergio Aguero in the Premier League and clinical finishing like that wins titles, a prospect that looks highly likely for Columbus Crew in 2015.
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