Weeks 7 & 8 – Magyars in MLS

What are their roles?

Well, our Magyar players in MLS have had an interesting couple of weeks.


Krisztian Nemeth

Right now, it appears that we know who has what roles on their respective teams. The situation with Nemeth in New England is puzzling because of his salary against the Revolutions salary cap. He is only getting 10-15 minutes at the end of games after the matches have pretty much been decided. While we see bits of quality, he is not getting enough time to truly show off what he is capable of doing.

Zoltan Sieber

Stieber is the other player who new seems to be in the comes on with 15 minutes left. His impact in games for DC United has been little or nothing. From a fan perspective, this is disappointing to see because I always thought he was one of the better players out of Hungary. This week, he did not see the pitch because DC United were down to 10 men and holding onto the lead.

So, that leaves Nemanja Nikolics and Daniel Salloi.

Nemanja Nikolics

By far, he is a big contributor for the Chicago Fire. His current goal tally is 4 for the sason after 5 games. He is only a goal behind the leaders so far. The Chicago Fire on the other hand are off to a slow start. I don’t know if it is the cold weather slowing them down. (It’s Monday April 15 and there is snow in the forecast for Chicago, as an example). The Fire look like they are really missing Michael De Leeuw who was a major contributor on the field last year.

The Fire midfield just does not seem in sync even though they have Dax McCarty and Sebastian Schweinsteiger pulling the strings. With the loss of Matt Polster to injury, they have lost another offensvie weapon going up and down the flanks.

The thing the Fire have going for them is the MLS is a forgiving league. A few good results will turn their fortunes around. Let’s hope Nikolics stays healthy and continue to score the goals.

Daniel Salloi

Salloi continues to contribute for Sporting Kansas City. He has 1 goal and 3 assists for his club. He continues to impress with his deceptive speed and technical ability on the ball. As a fan of Hungarian Football, I find him exciting to watch because he has the potential to be more than just work talent. This should be his breakout year in the league.

Since Sporting Kansas City’s first game, they have shown much improvement in their play. Peter Vermes continues to demonstrate why his one of the best managers in the league. His teams are consistent. He has become the master in managing the MLS salary cap, while finding talent to work in his system.

That’s it for this week.