By Curtis Reed (The Homegrown Player)
Strikers like Robbie Keane, Eddie Johnson, and Thierry Henry deservedly get a lot of attention. They have big personalities and back it up with play on the field. However, there is a solid core group of underrated strikers in MLS that for one reason or another fail to get as much attention. Here is our list of top five most underrated MLS strikers:
5. Conor Casey: He’s not going to be a star on the National Team like he was once billed but he is the most important player for the Philadelphia Union. Of all their players he is arguably the most consistent and was good at delivering goals last year.
4. Will Bruin: With eight goals last year Bruin still has room to improve but it’s his work rate that really impresses. He started and played in 30 matches last year for the Dynamo and has become a key part of their offense. 2014 could be a big breakout season for him.
3. Deshorn Brown: He had a fantastic rookie season with 10 goals in 31 games for a resurgent Colorado Rapids team. The best part is that he still has a lot of upside. That said, he still doesn’t get credit for the work he does now.
2. Erick “Cubo” Torres: Imagine how poor Chivas USA would have been if Torres hadn’t arrived at the club mid-season? He isn’t the most assuming player but if you give him any space on the ball he will bury the chance.
1. Alvaro Saborio: He has started to get more attention over the last several years but still doesn’t get the attention he deserves. His stats from last year alone are incredible. In only 16 games (15 starts) he picked up 12 goals. Imagine if he had been able to play more last year. He is a legitimate star and if he was in a bigger market would probably earn more accolades.