Canadian Dwayne De Rosario, former Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco and global star David Beckham have made Major League Soccer’s list of “The 25 Greatest.”
The honour roll is part of the league’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
The 25 Greatest list also includes Landon Donovan, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Cobi Jones and Carlos Valderrama as well as former Toronto FC coach Preki and former assistant coach Robin Fraser, now head coach of the Colorado Rapids.
The list, decided by a panel of some 200 former and current players, coaches, staff and media, was drawn from a list of 137 of the “most decorated and impactful players” in league history.
The nominees were chosen for their impact on and off the field.
Canadians Alphonso Davies, Will Johnson and Pat Onstad as well as former Toronto coach Greg Vanney were among the nominees.
De Rosario is the most decorated among Canadians nominated. He won the MLS Cup four times, twice earning MLS Cup MVP honours, and was the 2011 MLS MVP and MLS Golden Boot recipient.
Also missing from the final list are international stars Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and David Villa.
Other nominees were current Toronto FC players Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Omar Gonzalez. Former TFC players nominated included Edson Buddle, Danny Califf, Jeff Cunningham, Todd Dunivant, Amado Guevara, Drew Moor, Richard Mulrooney, Ronnie O’Brien and Carlos Ruiz.
Montreal was represented on the nominees list by former players Ignacio Piatti and Donovan Ricketts as well as Henry, the Impact’s current coach. Davies was joined by fellow former Vancouver Whitecaps Joe Cannon and Kei Kamara.
MLS 25 Greatest
Jeff Agoos, Kyle Beckerman, David Beckham, Carlos Bocanegra, Dwayne De Rosario, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Marco Etcheverry, Robin Fraser, Sebastian Giovinco, Kevin Hartman, Cobi Jones, Robbie Keane, Chad Marshall, Josef Martinez, Tony Meola, Jaime Moreno, Eddie Pope, Preki, Steve Ralston, Nick Rimando, Carlos Valderrama, Diego Valeri, Chris Wondolowski, Bradley Wright-Phillips.