They want the ball in space. They want to play possum until the moment to burst forward presents itself. They want to isolate their marker, disrupting the most organized backlines with a lung-busting run in behind
Raw speed is unteachable, and for that reason, it remains one of the most difficult things to defend. As a defender, the last thing you want is a thoroughbred running at you with their head up and the ball at their feet. At some point, either you can keep up, or you get left in the dust.
Check out the videos below for five MLS attackers with the kind of pure speed that forces defenders to turn on their heels and hope they aren't left gasping for air.
No. 5: San Jose's Marvin Chavez
No. 4: FC Dallas' Fabian Castillo
No. 3: LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan
No. 2: New York's Dane Richards
No. 1: Chicago's Dominic Oduro