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Top 5 MLS Acquisitions
By: timbersfan , 6:25 AM GMT on March 04, 2012
Perhaps no sports league hinges on offseason turnover quite like MLS.
After all, parity is as ubiquitous in MLS as theatrical ankle-grabbing in La Liga. A season's successes or failures in America are nearly as much a product of a team's work in the offseason as its play in season.
Keeping that in mind, here are SoccReligious' top five offseason signings for attacking players. This list has been carefully trimmed from 20, but feel free to comment with your own opinions.
1. Edson Buddle - L.A. Galaxy LA's quest to become the greatest side in U.S. club history was given a great boost with the re-acquisition of Buddle. He's a proven goal scorer who should returned more seasoned than fatigued from his stay in Europe. If Galaxy lacked anything last year, it was a reliable target to feed. With Landon Donovan and David Beckham feeding him, Buddle shouldn't be starved for opportunities in 2012.
2. Eddie Johnson - Seattle Sounders Take the reaction from Seattle's fanbase to Johnson's acquisition with a grain of salt. For two backups at a position of depth, the Sounders got an explosive athlete with a lot to prove. Johnson bounced around Europe like a hitchhiking postgrad, but a return to the States should get his head back on straight. He's already impressed in preseason with Seattle, and the best soccer atmosphere in the country should give him the fuel he needs to get back into goalscoring form.
3. Sebastien Le Toux - Vancouver Whitecaps Le Toux, on his best night, is as good as any player in the league.
Vancouver will take the disgruntled former Union man happily and throw him up top with a trio of talented attackers. Along with Eric Hassli and Davide Chiumiento, LeToux could help give Vancouver one of the league's most dynamic attacking tridents. The Northwest is certainly the place to be this season, and Le Toux's addition could make Vancouver the surprise stars of the region.
4. Kris Boyd - Portland Timbers Gone is Kenny Cooper, but in his stead is a striker with an even bigger foot -- and mouth. Boyd has already made headlines with the latter in his short time at Portland, but he'll make more with the former, if his track record is any indication. The Scottish international is best known for the 101 goals he scored in the 143 appearances he made at Rangers. Time will only tell if he was worth the first-round pick Portland traded to Houston for Boyd's rights, but my gut says he will be.
5. Bobby Convey - Sporting Kansas City The most diminutive figure on this list could have the greatest impact. Convey has been promised a spot on the left wing, as opposed to the left back slot he filled for San Jose, and the move forward could be just what the 28-year-old needs. His composure and vision, too, will be key for a Kansas City team on the cusp of Eastern Conference dominance.