Foreigners Dominating MLS in 2024: Who They Are and Why Canadians Are Left Out?

Discover the Most Powerful Nationalities and the Most Valuable Talents in the Premier Soccer League of the United States

Inter Miami CF v Nashville SC: Round Of 16 - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One
Inter Miami CF v Nashville SC: Round Of 16 - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One / Donald Page/GettyImages

In Major League Soccer (MLS), foreign presence plays a crucial role in the quality and diversity of the spectacle. In 2024, it's no surprise that players from various nationalities continue to make their mark in the league. A notable absence in the lists of foreign nationalities is that of Canadians, and this is no coincidence. Although Canada shares a border with the United States, Canadian players in the MLS are considered domestic due to certain rules and agreements established by the MLS. But who are the top five foreign countries shaping MLS in 2024?

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5. Ghana

Joseph Paintsil
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Starting our top 5, we have Ghana, with 14 players in the league. Joseph Paintsil, valued at 9.50 million euros, stands out as the most valuable talent. His presence in the MLS is a testament to the growing impact African players are having on the global stage.

4. Uruguay

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Orlando City SC v Cavalry FC: First Round - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One / Kevin Light/GettyImages

In fourth place, we have Uruguay, with 15 representatives in the MLS. The small South American nation may be underestimated in size, but certainly not in talent. Facundo Torres, with his market value of 14 million euros, embodies the Uruguayan grit and technical quality they bring to the field.

3. Brazil

Talles Magno
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With a rich tradition in soccer, Brazil couldn't be left out. With 28 players in the MLS, Brazilians bring an extra dose of magic and skill to the game. Talles Magno, valued at 10 million euros, is the perfect example of this influence. His agility and creativity make him not only a valuable asset to his team but also a must-watch attraction for fans.

2. Colombia

Cucho Hernández
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In second place, we have Colombia, with 30 players in the MLS. Cucho Hernández emerges as the most valuable player of this nationality, with a market value of 13 million euros. His skill and potential highlight not only the Colombian presence in the league but also the rise of emerging talents who are winning over fans' hearts.

1. Argentina

Lionel Messi
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Heading the list is the land of soccer stars, Argentina. With 33 players, Argentinians are a dominant force in the MLS. And who better to lead the pack than the iconic Lionel Messi? With a market value of 30 million euros, Messi not only raises the technical level of the league but also attracts worldwide attention to the MLS.

With such a diverse league filled with stars from around the world, the MLS continues to be a vibrant platform for international soccer, where borders do not define talent, but rather talent redefines borders.