MLS hit hard this year

For several years now, the MLS has considerably accelerated its development strategy to the point of becoming an increasingly attractive championship. At the time already, the idea was to succeed in attracting stars on the decline and/or at the end of their career to give greater visibility to the championship. In this sense, players like David Beckham or Thierry Henry had shed light on a League that was still too little followed. But since then, American franchises, which have very attractive financial means, have accelerated. In addition to big hits like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi or Gonzalo Higuain in recent years, the clubs also manage to strengthen themselves with players with high potential.

Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini at Los Angeles FC

The reasons that push some European players to live the American dream are obviously numerous. In addition to very attractive salaries, living conditions are often idyllic and players accept more easily to leave the European circuit to try the experience. And this summer, as the transfer window in MLS closes on the night of August 4 to 5, American clubs have made some very good moves, starting with the Los Angeles FC club.

The club of Mexican striker, MLS star Carlos Vela has hit hard with the arrival of two stars. The first is called Giorgio Chiellini. The 37-year-old Italian central defender, who was certainly arriving in the last years of his career, therefore landed in LA for one last adventure before hanging up his boots. While he had proposals in Italy in particular, the Italian central defender (117 caps) is therefore an interesting reinforcement for the American franchise which has also attracted a certain Gareth Bale to its ranks. After his departure from Real Madrid, the 33-year-old Welsh striker has therefore started a new adventure for a few weeks now on the side of Los Angeles. An XXL reinforcement in MLS even if he came out of a white season in Madrid. And besides, he was quick to find the net in the league.

Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi in Toronto

Very active on the transfer market, the Los Angeles FC club is also trying in the last hours to attract a former Ligue 1 resident: Denis Bouanga. The Saint-Etienne striker is more than ever on the start since everything would be closed with the current leader of the Western Conference and the formalization should fall from one moment to another. And this transfer window also makes its competitor, the Los Angeles Galaxy, former club of David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, jealous, who has just recovered the young player from FC Barcelona, ​​Riqui Puig. A rookie who confirms that MLS is capable of attracting young developing players.

In the Eastern Conference, it is the club of Toronto in Canada therefore, penultimate of the classification, which tried to strengthen considerably to raise the bar in the championship. Lorenzo Insigne, emblematic player and captain of Naples in recent seasons, has therefore decided to go to MLS. At only 31 years old, the Italian international who nevertheless had offers from top clubs in Serie A decided to radically change his destination, just like … Federico Bernardeschi. The Juventus striker surprised everyone by joining Toronto as well. The 28-year-old player, regularly called up for selection, therefore made the choice to join MLS. Proof once again that the championship is competitive enough to attract internationals. This summer, other heads known to the general public also joined MLS such as Hector Herrera (ex-Atlético de Madrid) or the former RC Lens Corentin Jean, who signed at Inter Miami. And the next seasons, the trend should be confirmed…