Magyars in MLS – Mid-Season Review

This week is the MLS All-Star game. A game that Zlatan Ibrhahimovic is too good to play. For our European readers, it is a silly game that follows the traditions of baseball, hockey, and basketball. The mid-season break to bring all the league stars together to play a top European team with players that do not play together week in and week out.

If you can not tell, this writer is not a big fan of the All-Star game.

So, how are the Magyars doing in MLS? For the most part, they are doing well except for Krisztian Nemeth in New England. He seems to be struggling for consitent minutes and production. Daniel Salloi continues to perform for Sporting KC, Zoltan Stieber is starting to show his class, and Nemanja Nikolics continues to score for Chicago.

So, let’s take a look at how everyone is doing at the midway point.

Nemanja Nikolics – Chicago Fire

Last year’s Golden Boot winner is not going to win the Golden Boot again this year. His competition at Alanta United, Josef Martinez, is probably going to break the record with 11 games remaining.

Nemanja Nikolics – CHI
Position – Forward
Games – 21
Goals – 10
Assist – 1

This year Nikolics is sharing goal scoring responsibilities with Alexander Katai who has 9 goals on the season. The Chicago Fire are not doing as well as they were last year. They have had some key injuries slowing down their attack. When Nikolics has his chances, he continues to finish them.

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Daniel Salloi – Sporting Kansas City

Daniel Salloi continues to improve this year. He is scoring goals and continues to provide assists to his teammates. Sporting Kansas City has had a rough run of games, so maybe the All-Star break is what they need. They are still in the playoff hunt.

Daniel Salloi – SKC
Position – Forward
Games – 19
Goals – 7
Assists – 6

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Zoltan Stieber – DC United

Stieber is the most improved player of the Magyar contingent. He is now showing his class with goals, assists, and some very nice passing. His team is not doing well. Despite the addition of Wayne Rooney and a beautiful new stadium, DC United still looks overmatched in most games. The only criticism you could make of Stieber is his defensive duites sometimes are lacking. And, he has given up the occasional turnover in midfield that has resulted in counterattacks against DC United.

Zoltan Stieber – DCU
Position – Forward/Midfield
Games – 16
Goals – 4
Assists – 7

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Krisztian Nemeth – New England Revolution

A couple of years ago, Krisztian Nemeth was the only Magyar to watch in MLS. When he came here, he did really well for Sporting Kansas City. He seemed to revive his career and used it to make money in the Middle East somewhere. He missed MLS and came back last year to the New England Revolution. His return has not been so spectacular. He is fighting for mintues with Juan Agudelo as Brad Friedel is pushing his players for minutes.

Based on the new look Revolution, I am not sure how he fits into their system. Rumors are circulating that either he or Agudelo should be moved out. Nothing concrete has come from those rumors yet.

Krisztian Nemeth – NE
Position – Midfield
Games – 15
Goals – 0
Assists – 2

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