With the departure of Jozy Altidore (Villarreal) and Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), two of its brightest young stars, MLS must groom a new generation of young players.
Olympic teammates Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers, both 2008 all-star selections, head the list of young MLS stars. ESPNsoccernet columnist Ives Galarcep adds his list of young players who should become MLS stars.
His Best XI includes rookie Sean Franklin, a ray of hope on the Los Angeles Galaxy's troubled backline, and 16-year-old Abdus Ibrahim, who recently scored his first goal for Toronto FC. Imports include Nigerian Olympian Emmanuel Ekpo of the Columbus Crew and New England's exciting Gambians, Kenny Mansally and Sainey Nyassi.