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Who are MLS's FIFA 19 career mode must-buys?

The most fun part of FIFA 19's manager mode is buying young players for cheap and watching them grow into world-class stars, leading your club to a bonanza of trophies. 

Major League Soccer has a glut of young talent just waiting to be bought and cultivated to teams across their league, from big names to relatively unknown teenagers. Here are the must-buy MLS players on FIFA 19 manager mode.

Bonafide stars you need to get ASAP

Player (position) Team Overall Potential
Ezequiel Barco (LM) Atlanta United 74 89
Alphonso Davies (LM) Vancouver Whitecaps 72 87

Does Davies count? In the game, he'd have to be purchased from Bayern Munich, but, we'll keep him on this list as a technicality.

Both Davies and Barco can be used on either wing but are at their best in the game on the left side, with potential ratings that run parallel with what Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho has now. Their pace and trickery are already worthy of looks, but they will refine the rest of their skills over a few seasons in FIFA. They'll be well-rounded, world-class wingers.

As two can't-miss teenagers who have already commanded transfer fees in the double-digit millions, they won't be cheap.

Soon-to-be World Class

Player (position) Team Overall Potential
Tyler Adams (CDM) New York Red Bulls 72 84
Zack Steffen (GK) Columbus Crew SC 75 84
Chris Durkin (CDM) D.C. United 67 84
Diego Rossi (LW) LAFC 72 83
Kaku (CAM) New York Red Bulls 75 83
Andre Horta (CM) LAFC 74 82
Alberth Elis (RW) Houston Dynamo 75 82
Jefferson Savarino (RW) Real Salt Lake 72 82
Jaylin Lindsey (RB) Sporting Kansas City 61 80

Adams, Steffen and Durkin have the makings of a fantastic spine. With all the attacking talent to be had, someone has to do the dirty work in defensive midfield and the pair of Adams and Durkin make that easy. 

Some of these players will be had for fantastically cheap. Lindsey, currently at 61 overall, won't cost much, ditto for Durkin. 

Biggest growers

Player (position) Team Overall Potential
Julian Dunn (CB) Toronto FC 49 72
Bryan Reynolds (ST) FC Dallas 51 73
Chris Goslin (CM) Atlanta United 56 78
Cole Bassett (CDM) Colorado Rapids 55 77
Lagos Kunga (LM) Atlanta United 57 78
Ayo Akinola (ST) Toronto FC 60 79
Ben Mines (RM) New York Red Bulls 58 77
James Sands (CDM) New York City FC 58 75
Andrew Carleton (LM) Atlanta United 64 80

These are the true bargain buys, for the long-term career mode moguls that start in England's League Two or any other European league with a multi-division climb to the top. It'll take longer than the first two lists, but the payoff will be more rewarding.

Full MLS team based on highest potential

 

With Almiron, 24, and Martinez, 25, being young enough, the Atlanta duo will still be in their prime when the young guns start hitting their growth, allowing this team to be firing at the same time. 

Central defense is a relatively weak point, but this side would score a ton of goals to compensate. And, to stretch the parameters out a bit, grabbing some formers MLSers and young USMNT stars would cement the potential side as one of the world's best.