Two expansion clubs plus newly expanded rosters throughout the league created a rare double whammy in MLS personnel for 2011. The result is a particularly intriguing crop of newcomers scattered throughout the league. It's quite a talented crop, but a lot to digest, even for the hardcore MLS follower. So here's a cheat sheet for you, the top 10 MLS new faces to know about (listed in alphabetical order):
Here are a few honorable mentions, along with a quick word about why they aren't in the list -- yet:
Seattle's Erik Friberg hasn't quite found his role, but his versatility has been a huge plus; Recently signed Houston attacker Sergio Koke has been in just one match, but did display some wonderful technical ability in that short sample; Seattle's Mauro Rosales came in hot but he's on the injury shelf for now; Chivas USA's Marcos Mondaini has concocted moments of brilliance, but some performances have fallen into the humdrum category; New England rookie A.J. Soares has started seven of eight games at center back for New England and looks to have a big upside.