MLS Players by birthplace - March 2018 - World

MLS Retains Status as Youngest, Most Diverse League in North America

MLS Retains Status as Youngest, Most Diverse League in North America
 
Group of Designated Players, newcomer signings rank youngest in League history
 
 
NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2018) – Major League Soccer is once again leading the charge in diversity (as determined by birthplace) in the North American sports landscape.  From its current pool of 637 players, 72 countries are represented in MLS, the most of any soccer league in the world.
 
Among those 637 players, 234 have been capped by their national teams (36.7 percent) while nearly 70 percent, 36 of 53, of current Designated Players (average age of 27.32 years) have been capped. Among these internationally capped players, 40 standouts in MLS have been included on a FIFA World Cup roster.
 
Looking ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, MLS is expected to break records for most players participating in a World Cup along with most countries represented. A total of 27 players from 11 World Cup-bound countries played a part in their respective nations’ World Cup Qualifiers in 2017.
 
During the offseason, MLS clubs signed its youngest group of newcomers in league history. The 96 newcomers to the league (counting players signed from international leagues, NASL and non-MLS affiliated USL clubs) maintain an average age of 25.05 years old, while 50 percent of the players have experience playing for their respective national team. Of note this offseason, MLS clubs signed 30 South American players averaging 22 years of age.
 
The current class of Designated Players in MLS also ranks youngest in league history, with the 53 Designated Players in the league averaging 27.32 years of age. This offseason, MLS clubs signed 13 new Designated Players to the league, with those players averaging 23.46 years of age.
 
For interesting stories of players’ journey to MLS, check out the MLS Flight Path series, presented by Etihad Airways.” 
 
 
MLS Player Maps and Lists
 
 
 
 
*Downloadable versions of the Player Maps are available here.
 
 
League (year) Total # of Players Players Born Abroad (% born outside U.S.A. & Canada) Countries Represented (incl. U.S.A. & Canada) Average Age of All Players (in years)
MLS (2018) 637 315 (49.4%) 72 25.36
MLB (2017) 1087 326 (29.9%) 24 28.33
NHL (2017-2018) 779 225 (28.8%) 22 27.17
NBA (2017-2018) 496 96 (19.4%) 47 26.22
NFL (2017) 2104 57 (2.7%) 26 26.36
 
All Statistics Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
*Leagues in season include all players on current rosters.
*Leagues out of season include players on rosters when the season ended.
*Totals as of March 6, 2018
 
 
MLS Players by Country (outside U.S.A / Canada)
Country
Players
Argentina
23
England
19
France
19
Ghana
18
Colombia
15
 
 
MLS Players by State / Province
State
Players
California
61
New York
21
Ontario (Canada)
18
Texas
18
New Jersey
17
 
 
Average Age of MLS Newcomers at End of Regular Season
2018 –  25.05*
2017 –  26.06
2016 –  25.70
2015 –  27.02
2014 –  27.53
*age of newcomers at beginning of regular season
 
 
Average Age of Designated Players at End of Regular Season
Year
Age
2018
27.32*
2017
28.29
2016
29.38
2015
29.21
2014
29.34
*age of Designated Players at beginning of regular season

 

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