The MLS Million Dollar Challenge (Part Two): Picking the Team

So the challenge was simple enough: Pick an MLS starting eleven that which has a total 2010 Guaranteed Compensation under $1,000,000.

The results were simple enough too. A pretty good team, I’d say. (Review it here.)

But as it turns out, the process of choosing the team and some insights about the league that came from it are probably what was the most interesting.

So, let’s look at how the team was picked.

Really—and this is no surprise—a challenge of this nature is mostly an exercise in finding the MLS players you think are the biggest discounts and picking a group of them that fit together to play a certain style, or at least effective, soccer.

Staying my course of hoping and dreaming for attractive, inventive soccer, I aimed for players I hoped could deliver that. I also wanted to focus on balancing the strength of the team across the field, for instance, avoiding deep sacrifices in midfield to pay ...

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