The best of the best of the best. The players, the coaching staff and the media voted i best 11 of the MLS 2021choosing a 3-4-3 formation representing eight nations and five different clubs in the league.
There the most represented franchise is New England Revolution, dominant in the regular season, ended the Supporters’ Shield and points record before being immediately eliminated in the playoffs: four players out of eleven. Only Miami Fusion in 2001 did better with five repeats.
THE BEST GOALKEEPER IN MLS 2021
Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
The extreme defender for the Revs and the US national team has also won the title of the best goalkeeper in MLS 2021. No one has achieved more success on the field than him with 17 wins in 28 appearances and he has also had a role highlighted in the triumph of the selection in the Gold Cup. For the first time he is part of the season of the top 11 of the MLS.
THE BEST DEFENDERS OF THE MLS 2021
Walker Zimmermann (Nashville SC)
Nashville manager and defensive leader in MLS record year 2021. For the second consecutive season he won the MLS Defender of the Year award and for the third consecutive season he is in the MLS Top-11. Among his results, he achieved 13 clean sheets and was unbeaten at his team’s home.
Yeimar (Seattle Sounders)
In his first season in MLS he immediately became a protagonist in the Sounders defense that in total conceded only 33 goals, nobody did it better. Yeimar has intercepted 86 balls in this championship, a record for 2021 and the highest figure since 2018. With the season as the protagonist, he earned the call-up with Colombia.
Miles Robinson (Atlanta United)
Recently he was also linked to Borussia Dortmund. With Atlanta he won 70% of the aerial duels in the league and when the Five Rays had him on the pitch for ninety minutes they conceded an average of 0.92 goals per game with nine clean sheets. With his performances he was also a protagonist in the national team and for the second time after 2019 he is part of the Top-11 of the MLS season.
BEST MLS MIDFIELDER 2021
Hany Mukhtar (Nashville South Carolina)
Candidate for MVP of the season, he finished the championship with Nashville scoring three goals in two games in the playoffs. In the regular season between goals and assists he contributed 28 goals to his first MLS championship.
João Paulo (Seattle Sounders)
The Seattle Sounders midfielder was one of Schmetzer’s strengths in MLS 2021. A benchmark in midfield with quality assists (11) and successful passes (1,525). Two of the three goals scored in the regular season were nominated for the Goal of the Year award, which was later won by Real Salt Lake’s Rubin. Season MVP candidate.
Carles Gil (New England Revolution)
In the Revs’ record season he was a great protagonist, candidate for MLS 2021 MVP. Four goals scored, but above all 18 assists dragged Bruce Arena’s team to the record for points and for Gil it is the second appearance at the top -11 of the MLS season after 2019.
Tajon Buchanan (New England Revolution)
His future is already written and he is far from the MLS, the Canadian winger will play in Belgium starting in January at Bruges. First, however, he wanted to leave a great memory in the Supporters’ Shield that he won, contributing 13 goals between goals and assists. In the 12 games in which he was involved in a goal, the Revs have never lost. During the season he also made his national team debut with Canada, immediately proving to be a fixture: two goals and three assists.
THE BEST FORWARDS MLS 2021
Raul Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders)
His message of thanks to the fans after being eliminated from the Conference in the semifinals was read by most as a farewell. Ruidiaz is a talisman for the Sounders, but also a source of goals: 17 in 2021. For the second year in a row, the Peruvian international is in the top-11 of the MLS season.
Valentin Castellanos (New York City FC)
To think that his season had begun with the rumors of a certain farewell, direction Palmeiras in Brazil. Instead, Taty stayed on and became the regular season’s top scorer with 19 goals, including nine in the last 11 games that launched NYCFC’s run-up to the MLS Cup final. MVP candidate, for the first time in the season in the top 11 of MLS.
Gustavo Bou (New England Revolution)
Panther played his most prolific season in a 14-year career with 15 goals and nine assists recorded in the New England Revolution’s record-setting season in MLS. First selection in the MLS top 11 season for the Argentine.