[MLS IMPORTS WATCH] MLS clubs rely heavily on importing players when they make offseason moves.
So far, 51 foreigners with no previous experience in U.S. leagues or the college ranks have been used by MLS clubs in 2012.
Several have been key contributors in the success of their respective clubs -- South Korean Young-Pyo Lee and Argentine Martin Bonjour at 4-2-2 Vancouver, Austria keeper Michael Gspurning at 4-1-1 Seattle and Panamanian Blas Perez (three goals and three assists for FC Dallas) come to mind -- but many have had little impact.
Lee, Gspurning and Perez are among eight imports who have played every minute. Besides Lee and Gspurning, the only one of them who plays on a team with a winning record is the much-maligned Swede Markus Holgersson at 4-3-1 New York.
One team that has hit the mark with its offseason signings: Colorado, where Colombians Luis Zapata and Jaime Castrillon and Argentine Martin Rivero have all been starting regularly and contributing.
Probably the biggest bust is Albanian Hamdi Salihi. He's has been no factor in D.C. United's success despite his Designated Player salary.
San Jose is this season's other surprise, but it has not been starting any of its three imports recently. Honduran Victor Bernandez was very good before being injured, while Colombian veteran Tressor Moreno has only been used sparingly.
The two clubs who have imported the most players are New England and Philadelphia. Of the Revs' six imports, only Frenchman Saer Sene has been starting. Panamanian Gabriel Gomez and Colombian Lionard Pajoy have combined for four of the Union's five goals, but Costa Ricans Porfirio Lopez and Josue Martinez have been disappointments.
bold=players who have played every minute.
270 Paolo Tornaghi, Italy
246 Arne Friedrich, Germany
84 Federico Puppo, Uruguay
76 Rafael Robayo, Colombia
685 Oswaldo Minda, Ecuador, 1 goal
292 Miller Bolanos, Ecuador, 1 assist
0 John Alexander Valencia, Colombia
720 Luis Zapata, Colombia
677 Jaime Castrillon, Colombia, 1 goal, 1 assist
337 Martin Rivero, Argentina, 1 assist
0 Kohei Yamada, Japan
630 Milovan Mirosevic, Chile, 1 goal
543 Olman Vargas, Colombia, 1 goal
190 Nemanja Vukovic, Montenegro, 1 assist
720 Blas Perez, Panama, 3 goals, 3 assists
519 Hernan Pertuz, Colombia
544 Carlos Rodriguez, Panama
15 *Luis Perea, Colombia
450 Emiliano Dudar, Argentina
379 Hamdi Salihi Albania
Los Angeles Galaxy
141 Marcelo Sarvas, Brazil, 1 goal
810 Felipe Martins, Brazil, 1 assist
810 Matteo Ferrari, Italy
458 Bernardo Corradi, Italy, 3 goals, 1 assist
0 Gienir Garcia, Mexico
0 Nelson Rivas, Colombia
New England Revolution
442 Saer Sene, France, 2 goals, 1 assist
165 Jose Moreno, Colombia, 1 goal
138 Fernando Cardenas, Colombia
135 Florian Lechner, Germany
90 John Lozano, Colombia
26 Bjorn Runstrom, Sweden
New York Red Bulls
720 Markus Holgersson, Sweden
214 Victor Palsson, Iceland
614 Lionard Pajoy, Colombia, 1 goal
592 Gabriel Gomez, Panama, 3 goals
315 Porfirio Lopez, Costa Rica
123 Josue Martinez, Costa Rica
63 Kai Herdling, Germany
701 Kris Boyd, Scotland, 3 goals
384 Hanyer Mosquera, Colombia
271 Franck Songo'o, Cameroon
90 Steven Smith, Scotland
0 Jose Adolfo Valencia, Colombia
Real Salt Lake
90 Terukazu Tanaka, Japan
22 Emiliano Bonfigli, Argentina
San Jose Earthquakes
495 Victor Bernardez, Honduras
287 Tressor Moreno, Colombia, 2 assists
10 Sercan Guvenisik, Germany
540 Michael Gspurning, Austria
180 Adam Johansson, Sweden
88 Christian Sivebaek, Denmark
0 Cordell Cato
Sporting Kansas City
377 Reggie Lambe, Bermuda, 2 goals, 1 assist
326 Miguel Aceval, Chile, 2 assists
720 Young-Pyo Lee, 1 goal, 1 assist
717 Martin Bonjour, 1 goal