Kaku dribbling

EA SPORTS FIFA has the immense task of rating and ranking every single player in the world, inciting debate and outrage aplenty. With FIFA 19 nearing its full release, September 28, they have made official their top 30 MLS rated players. Here they are:


No. 30 - No. 26

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Kaku | EA Sports FIFA

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
30.
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez
ATL
CB
75
29.
Ike Opara
SKC
CB
75
28.
Kaku
RBNY
CAM
75
27.
Alberth Elis
HOU
RW
75
26.
Andre Blake
PHI
GK
75

A pair of defenders kicks us off, as Opara and Gonzalez Pires are given equal ratings of 75. Their athleticism will make render their cards more useful than the average 75. Dynamo star Elis gets a 75 and ever-important four-star skills while current MLS assists leader Kaku comes in with a 75 as well. Blake is the first – and only – keeper in FIFA's top 30 MLS players.


No. 25 - No. 21

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Darwin Quintero | EA Sports FIFA

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
25.
Darwin Quintero
MIN
CF
75
24.
Raul Ruidiaz
SEA
ST
76
23.
Maxi Moralez
NYC
CAM
76
22.
Guram Kashia
SJ
CB
76
21.
Osvaldo Alonso
SEA
CDM
76

Quintero, with 10 goals and 9 assists in 20 matches, rounds out the 75s with Ruidiaz being the first entrant as a 76 alongside NYCFC's Moralez. All of Ruidiaz, Quintero and Moralez have four-star skills. Alonso is the first defensive midfielder in the top 30 and Kashia takes the crown of highest rated defender in MLS according to FIFA.


No. 20 - No. 16

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Jozy Altidore | EA Sports FIFA

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
20.
Haris Medunjanin
PHI
CM
76
19.
Jonathan dos Santos
LAG
CM
77
18.
Jozy Altidore
TOR
ST
77
17.
Nicolas Lodeiro
SEA
RM
77
16.
Giovani dos Santos
LAG
CF
77

Medunjanin is the highest rated Union player while Altidore gets a slight upgrade with a 77, up from the 76 he started with last year. Both dos Santos brothers are given the same 77 rating, both down from last year. Jona was an 80 and Gio a 79. Lodeiro joins them, crashes the top 20 and is given four-star skills, as does Gio dos Santos.


No. 15 - No. 11

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Romain Alessandrini | EA Sports FIFA

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
15.
Victor Vazquez
TOR
CM
77
14.
Michael Bradley
TOR
CDM
77
13.
Federico Higuain
CLB
CAM
77
12.
Bradley Wright-Phillips
RBNY
ST
77
11.
Romain Alessandrini
LAG
RM
77

When Alessandrini got an in-form card in FIFA 18, he immediately became a favorite in the Ultimate Team community. This year, he starts at a 78, keeps his four-star skills and 89 pace but just misses out on top 10 in the league. Behind him, TFC duo Vazquez and Bradley are level at 77, Higuain gets a slight bump from last year and so does Wright-Phillips, who jumps from a 75. 


No. 10 - No. 6

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Wayne Rooney | EA Sports FIFA

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
10.
Miguel Almiron
ATL
CAM
80
9.
Wayne Rooney
DC
ST
80
8.
Diego Valeri
POR
CAM
80
7.
Ignacio Piatti
MTL
LW
80
6.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
CHI
CM
80

Into the top 10, each player is rated an 80 or above. Almiron gets us started. Like Alessandrini, Almiron may well be one of the more valuable cards with his 89 pace and 80 dribbling. A new entrant to the league, Rooney is no stranger to top-rated FIFA lists and comes in at No. 9 thanks to his balanced 81 shooting and 81 passing. Reigning MVP Valeri hits the top 10 again and is given a boost on last year's card. Piatti stays at an 80 like last year and Schweinsteiger drops from an 81, though is still the highest rated non-attack-first player in the game.


The Top Five

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
5.
Josef Martinez
ATL
ST
81
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Josef Martinez | EA Sports FIFA


MLS' record breaker, Martinez comes in at fifth in the league to kick off FIFA 19. With 29 goals and counting, Martinez gets a deserved boost from the 76 he started with last season. His card will be a must for any MLS team with his pace, skill moves and weak foot. An added bonus: high work rate.

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
4.
Carlos Vela
LAFC
RW
81
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Carlos Vela | EA Sports FIFA


Vela's card may not be shiny and rare as the others, but it's still as effective. Four-star skills, workable pace for a winger as well as well-rounded technical ability. Also: expect the finesse shot train.

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
3.
Sebastian Giovinco
TOR
CF
82
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Sebastian Giovinco | EA Sports FIFA


Giovinco has been one of the premier players in MLS since joining the league and that has always been reflected in FIFA. Again, Giovinco's card will be quality with his skill, weak foot, pace, dribbling and shooting.

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
2.
David Villa
NYC
ST
82
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David Villa | EA Sports FIFA


Villa, an ageless wonder, retains his 82 overall rating again. His card is nearly identical to last year, as his pace, dribbling, shooting and passing are all the same as last season.

Rank
Name
Team
Pos.
Rating
1.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
LAG
ST
85
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic | EA Sports FIFA


Zlatan is king.


The highest-rated MLS player, Ibrahimovic's card is lower than it's been in years but it's still a must-have for MLS fans. He doesn't have much pace, but standing at 6-foot-5 with a 78 physicality and 86 shot, he doesn't need to do much sprinting.