Even if the regular season ended over a month ago and the playoffs teams finished their run with NYCFC becoming Champion for the first time in its history, there’s still plenty of free agents looking for a team to join for the 2022. Some of them surprisingly haven’t signed yet with another team.
In the almost two months of the offseason, some of the biggest names have signed new deals, either with the team they played during 2021 or with a new team. Names such as Ozzie Alonso, Steve Clark or Jonathan dos Santos have already inked new deals with different teams, both in the MLS or outside.
But other names, like Maxi Moralez, Sebastián Blanco, Sean Davis or even Albert Rusnák are still on the market, waiting for the highest bidder to join their ranks.
With just two months before the next season starts, this are the top free MLS agents that are still available.
It’s surprising that after becoming champions for the first time in its history, NYCFC didn’t signed back Maxi Moralez. And is more incredible that no other team has signed him up yet, as the Argentinean is still a free agent.
After joining New York City FC on 2017 arriving from Liga Mx’s León, Maxi has been one of the most regular players for the Citizens, playing 131 games, scoring 25 goals and assisting 45 times through his 5 seasons in New York.
For the 2021 season, he played 30 games, starting on 27 and as a substitute on the other three. He also scored three goals and assisted 11 times. During the playoffs he played the four possible games and managed to score one goal and assist on two accasions.
The Argentinean player joins his compatriot Maxi Moralez as a free agent after the 2021 season, where he played for the runner-up, Portland Timbers. Although he only had 24 appearances during the regular season, he managed to score seven times and assist on six occasions.
Blanco played on three out of the four games his team disputed during the playoffs, and he was able to score two goals for the Timbers on their run for the championship.
Sebastián Blanco joined Portland’s side on 2017 out of San Lorenzo de Almagro. During his 5-year tenure with the Timbers, he played 148 games, scoring 42 games and assisting on 38 occasions.
The American midfielder has done his whole career under the New York Red Bull colors, but for 2022 he might be wearing a different jersey as he still needs to find a new team. The former captain of the Metros was the first midfielder in Red Bull’s history to play 100% of the minutes in a season.
The 28-year-old player is still in his prime, so it’s a bit surprising he hasn’t signed with a team yet. Although it’s rumored that Nashville FC is negotiating with him, there’s nothing concrete yet, so Nashville, NYRB and MLS fans will have to wait to see what happens with Davis.
Since joining the Red Bulls for good at the end of 2016, he’s played 208 games, scoring on seven occasions through five seasons and assisted 13 times, but his real strength is being a leader on the pitch.
The offensive midfielder became a free agent after playing five seasons for Real Salt Lake. He joined RSL over the summer of 2017 out of Eredivie’s FC Groningen and has stablished as one of the best players on the squad, so much as he was captain during 2021 season.
There’s been rumors that Premier League’s Southampton and Newcastle are following the Slovakian, but up until now he hasn’t signed with a new club as he remains a free agent.
On his 5-year tenure as a Real, the Slovakian National Team player managed to score 42 goals and assisted on 29 occasions over a span of 146 games.
The American became a free agent after Seattle Sounders decided to not take his one-year option for the 2022 MLS Season, alongside Fredy Moreno and Nicolas Benezet. The 30-year-old midfielder played only one season for the Sounders as he joined as a free agent earlier this year, on January, after his one-season second tenure with New England Revs.
After leaving New England for the first time to join Colorado back in 2018, he hasn’t been able to stablish himself on any of the teams he’s played for. He still has at least three or four years more to play at a top level, but he first needs to find a team where he can gain regularity.
During the 2021 season he played on 34 games for Seattle Sounders, scoring one goal and assisting on another occasion. He also played a game in the playoffs, where his team lost against Real Salt Lake in the Qualifying Round.