Top five most underrated players in Major League Soccer

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As the 2015 Major League Soccer season starts to wind down, we can now reflect some of the best players to come through during this 20th season.

With a host of new signings like Giovani dos Santos and Didier Drogba joining the MLS this summer and stars like David Villa and Kaká both kicking off for new teams at the beginning of the season, many players that were overlooked before now have an even harder time to shine.

Here is a look of the top five most underrated players in the MLS:


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5) Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders

The Sounders have been a hit-and-miss team this season, having great winning runs followed by poor losing streaks.

Frei has endured a difficult time as goalkeeper this season given his defence's imbalance and proneness to allow too many shots on goal, but while it looks as though the Swiss has struggled, this is not the case.

Frei is still in the top five for clean sheets and has the second highest save percentage behind D.C. United Star Bill Hamid, even despite the lacklustre Sounders defence.

4) Chris Rolfe, D.C. United

Currently top goalscorer in the Eastern Conference, Rolfe is keeping up well with many of the international stars that have recently joined the MLS.

Rolfe moves from midfield to forward when needed and is great under pressure, with several of his best goals and assists game winners. Even during the latter part of his career he is still a player for defenders to beware of.

3) Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids

This youngster has been a creative maestro for the Rapids from midfield ever since he was drafted in 2013.

Powers is consistently effective when it comes to completed passes and assists, and scores the occasional goal throughout each season, with his impressive performances attracting interest from other clubs outside the MLS.

2) Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers

To any Timbers fan, Nagbe is a household name, but to everyone else maybe just the player who won the 2011 “MLS Goal of the Year”.

In a team filled with talent, the Liberia-born star is a lynchpin in the Timbers' side, but is often the unsung hero owing to the fact that his playmaker style of play allows those around him to shine.

1) Will Bruin, Huston Dynamo

A dynamic player for Dynomo, Bruin has taken to the MLS with aplomb, scoring 45 goals in four years. Bruin is underappreciated to say the least.

The American is the first player in the Dynamo's ten-year history to achieve double figures in three consecutive seasons, with his ball control and exemplary finishing a real weapon for Owen Coyle's side.

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