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Six scorers to watch this MLS season

With Landon Donovan's retirement Gyasi Zardes will be headed for a bigger role in Los Angeles and a chance to showcase his incredible ability.

With Landon Donovan’s retirement Gyasi Zardes will be headed for a bigger role in Los Angeles and a chance to showcase his incredible ability.

By: Ruben Rivas

1. Gyasi Zardes – Los Angeles Galaxy

From Hawthorne, California, Zardes had a tremendous 2014 season with the LA Galaxy, winning his first MLS title. Young, big and fast, Zardes scored 16 goals and had two assists. He has a little bit of everything: a good shot, speed, some dribbling and quickness. Zardes could have a monster year in 2015 and already showed against Panama that he is a very capable striker for the US National Team. With Landon Donovan having retired Zardes should be able to showcase his scoring ability as one of the top threats up to for the Galaxy.

2. Juan Agudelo – New England Revolution

A native of Colombia but a US citizen, Juan Agudelo first played for the US National team when he was just 17 years old and became the youngest player to score for the senior team. Still incredible young, Agudelo is back in the the MLS after a brief stint with Dutch club FC Utrecht. with the New England Revolution, where in 2013 he scored seven goals in just 14 appearances, Agudelo is trying to prove he can still score. He is a talented player looking to settle in and take his game to the next level of consistency.

3. Kelyn Rowe – New England Revolution

The youngster seems to be the play-maker for the New England Revolution. Though he only scored five goals with five assists last season, his touch and creativity makes him a good alternative and always fun to watch. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on to see what he can do for his club and possibly for the national team in the future.

4. Luis Silva – DC United

The former 4th overall pick by Toronto FC showed great ability in Canada before being trade for money during the 2013 season but he showed even more genius with DC United. He can dribble, pass, shoot, control the ball, is good in the air, creative, fast, quick…the list goes on. In 25 games in Washington DC last season, Silva scored 11 goals. Silva has shown enough to take the attention of fans with a “tiki-tak” taste.

5. Chris Pontius – DC United

Injuries have prevented Chris Pontius from doing the things he did in 2012 when he was part of the MLS All-star game and was named the game’s MVP. He seems to get injured a lot but when he is healthy, he can be a serious threat for any defender. Pontius has been described as the most “dynamic” player for DC United. He can dribble and score. If he can stay healthy, 2015 can be another dream season for him.

6. Darlington Nagbe – Portland Timbers

There is no doubting the skill of former No. 2 overall draft pick Darlington Nagbe. In four seasons with Portland, he has dominated competition and has been a major part of the team’s offensive production. But now, he no longer has the distraction of going through the US Citizen process. The native of Liberia will be eligible to play for the US National Team in September and could be the primary center-attacking midfielder from day one.

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