A panel of more than 200 MLS experts have narrowed down a list of 137 of the best MLS players in league history to name the 25 Greatist players to put on a kit in Major League Soccer.
According to the press release, the committee looked for players who accomplished one or more of the following during their time as an MLS player:
- Received multiple league-wide individual honors such as: Best XI, Most Valuable Player, Golden Boot, Defender/Goalkeeper of the Year, All-Star selections
- Won major team trophies such as: MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, U.S. Open Cup, international club competitions
- Made extraordinary off-field contributions or impact
- Ranked among the all-time leaders in key statistical areas
Colorado Rapids head coach Robin Fraser was among those who made the top 25, joining the likes of Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, and Chris Wondolowski.
Fraser started his professional career with the Miami Sharks of the American Professional Soccer League in 1988 and also played for the Colorado Foxes from 1990-1995. When MLS was formed in 1996, Fraser was drafted by the LA Galaxy. He made the Best XI in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000 and was named MLS Defender of the Year in 1999. He was also a part of the 2000 LA Galaxy side that won the Concacaf Champions’ Cup.
Fraser was traded to the Rapids before the 2001 season and had 93 appearances (and 6 goals) for Colorado between 2001-2003. Fraser finished his playing career with the Columbus Crew from 2004-2005 and was named to the Best XI for a fifth time in 2004 as he captained the club to secure the Supporters’ Shield.
Check out the whole list (which also includes former Rapids midfielder Kyle Beckerman) as well as highlights for each player here. The list is in alphabetical order, as players weren’t ranked.