On Wednesday morning, MLS released it's list of the top-15 player jerseys sold since the beginning of the 2014 season. The New England Revolution were represented at number 15 on the list, with Diego Fagundez unsurprisingly cracking into the top-tier as one of the "name" players in the league.
The list was topped by Clint Dempsey. The former Rev has been a sales magnet since returning to MLS in August of last season, a situation probably helped along by the enormous fanbase available in Seattle. Landon Donovan, the longtime poster boy for MLS and the U.S. National team who was controversially left off the USA roster for this summer's World Cup, came in second, to the surprise of exactly no one.
No other Revolution player has made it to the top-tier yet, though one has to assume that some of them (perhaps Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Teal Bunbury, etc.) might be lurking not-so-far below. Here's the full list:
- Clint Dempsey
- Landon Donovan
- Michael Bradley
- Thierry Henry
- Tim Cahill
- Robbie Keane
- Jermain Defoe
- Omar Gonzalez
- Graham Zusi
- DeAndre Yedlin
- Kyle Beckerman
- Matt Besler
- Chris Wondolowski
- Maurice Edu
- Diego Fagúndez
In the meantime, here are some surprises:
- DeAndre Yedlin came in tenth. Really?
- Matt Besler was 12th. His national team status probably helps, but I still don't view him as a major star. Good for him though.
- They must really love Maurice Edu in Philadelphia, since he made 14th.
- A little surprised not to see any Portland players, or traditionally-popular players like Dwayne De Rosario.