MLS: Biggest stars in FIFA 20: Overrated or underrated?

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MLS, Atlanta United, Josef Martinez

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 24: Atlanta’s Josef Martinez (7) moves with the ball during the MLS playoff match between Philadelphia Union and Atlanta United FC on October 24th, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Here, we take a look at every MLS player in FIFA rated 78 or higher and determine whether they are overrated, underrated, or if EA Sports got it right.

There is not much live soccer (or sports for that matter) going on these days, so today we focus on the world of video game soccer.

FIFA is the usual go-to game of this genre, with access to all of the biggest leagues and competitions as well as some interesting modes such as Career Mode and Ultimate Team. If either of them takes to you Major League Soccer, there are a few players that the FIFA designers felt stood out among the rest.

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Let’s take a look at every MLS player in FIFA rated 78 or higher (along with one highest-rated defender and goalkeeper who come up just short of that marker) and determine whether they are overrated, underrated, or if EA Sports got it right.

CHESTER, PA- SEPTEMBER 14: Goalkeeper Andre Blake #18 of Philadelphia Union throws the ball out to clear it during the Major League Soccer match between LAFC and Philadelphia Union. The match was held at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA on September 14, 2019, USA. The match ended in a tie of 1 to 1. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

Andre Blake: Philadelphia Union, Goalkeeper, 76 rated: Underrated

Andre Blake at 76 is tied for the highest-rated MLS goalkeeper, and with Nick Rimando recently retired, there can be no complaints about that given the Jamaican’s consistency since he became the undisputed starter for the Philadelphia Union in 2016.

I believe he may be slightly underrated by FIFA, considering the rating is one lower than the likes of Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo, West Ham United’s Roberto, and PSG’s Sergio Rico and a further two ratings below Stoke City’s Jack Butland, all of which have struggled for form in recent years.

In MLS, Blake’s goalkeeping competition includes Kenneth Vermeer (LAFC) at 76 and the group of Luis Robles (Inter Miami), Bill Hamid (DC United), and Eloy Room (Columbus Crew). With all of that in consideration, Andre Blake should be 77 rated.

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