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Who was the best upfront?
by Ridge Mahoney, November 24th, 2009 7AM



[BEST OF MLS] The classification of front players is seldom clear cut, for not every team in every game will use one of them playing higher than the other. But this is the basic use of forwards much of the time, though it sometimes can be hard to tell if a team is using a player such as David Ferreira as an attacking mid, as we classified him in our positional rankings, or as a second forward, as Guillermo Barros Schelotto did much of the time for Columbus.

Schelotto also came under the heading of an attacking mid this year though he played higher up the field than he did last year. In our terminology, the striker is the player usually closer to the other team's goal, and the forward operates deeper and sometimes with more freedom. These designations are sometimes arbitrary and not meant to stipulate precisely how the frontrunners were aligned or assigned.

1. Landon Donovan (Los Angeles)
2. Omar Cummings (Colorado)
3. Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
4. Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)
5. Ryan Johnson (San Jose)
6. Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
7. Nate Jaqua (Seattle)
8. Kei Kamara (Houston)
9. Macumba Kandji (New York)
10. Chad Barrett (Toronto FC)

1. Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
2. Conor Casey (Colorado)
3. Juan Pablo Angel (New York)
4. Fredy Montero (Seattle)
5. Josh Wolff (Kansas City)
6. Brian Ching (Houston)
7. Kheli Dube (New England)
8. Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
9. Yura Movsisyan (Real Salt Lake)
10. Eduardo Lillingston (Chivas USA)


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