My Ultimate Soccer Dream Team
Every soccer fans has a soccer dream team, whether it is in FIFA or in your head, it is the one you wish your team was made of. Here is my ultimate dream team of current and newly retired players.
GK: Petr Cech-Chelsea
A rock in the net even with weak (such as Chelsea's) defenses in front of him. He comes up big in key games like the 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League Final, and 2012 FA Cup Final. The Czech Republic's first choice, Cech has won the EPL Golden Glove and UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year award twice each. He is just two away from 100 caps.
LB: Éric Abidal-Barcelona
He has great defensive skills and a great story, Abidal would be one of the top superstars if not for his liver issues. He was the LFP Defender of the Year in 2011 (Best in La Liga) and was named to the 2007 UEFA Team Of The Year.
CB: Gary Cahill-Chelsea
Cahill is a strong point in Chelsea's usually weak defense. He can is a dual threat, as he is a great defender, along with being an scoring threat, especially on corners. Cahill is a leader and a fan favorite who has 11 caps for England.
CB: Gerard Pique-Barcelona
No doubt one of the best in the world, Pique is a regular for Barca and for the Spanish National Team. He is strong in the air and has great touch on the ball. His style of play is both smooth and effective, a deadly combo.
RB: Lee Young Pyo-Vancouver Whitecaps
Although he is primary plays as a left back, he does play on the right when needed. Pyo was called the "the best left-back in Holland" by Martin Jol when he played for PSV Eindhoven and was the Whitecaps' player of the year last year. He recently retired from International Soccer, having an incredible 127 caps for South Korea with 5 goals.
MF: Lee Nguyen-New England Revolution
Born in Dallas, Texas, he became the first American to play pro soccer in Vietnam. Since then he has moved back to America, tearing up the MLS with the New England Revolution. He is a dual threat from inside and out of the box, but has a bit of a temper. While he only had 3 yellows last year, he racked up the fouls along with goals. However, it does help that he was in the top 25 most stylish people in Boston according to the Boston Globe Magazine.
MF: Cristiano Ronaldo-Real Madrid
In my opinion better than Messi, Ronaldo scores with beauty and regularity. Playing on an aging team, Ronaldo led them to the La Liga title last year, along with the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final.
MF: Juan Mata-Chelsea
Mata is among the best midfielders in Europe, and will be around for a long time. A true leader and teammate, and he dishes out the assists as much as he scores (that's a lot). He is the future of Chelsea FC, and a clever passer.
At only 21 he made his debut for Chelsea playing in the UCL and scoring two beautiful goals in two minutes. He has composure and a beautiful style of play that will keep him in the spotlight for ages. He is fluid and his accuracy in passes and shots are impecable.
FWD: Dider Drogba-Shanghai Shenhua
While some say he is past his prime, he is still a top striker. He may be making a return to Chelsea on loan after the Chinese season ends for a game or two before International duty, so look out. A sharpshooter who performs well under pressure, Drogba will go down in history as one of the greatest to ever shoot the ball.
FWD: Souleymane Coulibaly-Tottenham
Only 19, Coulibaly is predicted to be the next Dider Drogba. He was the top scorer at the FIFA U-19 World Cup, and has continued to thrive for the Tottenham youth team. His style of play is pleasing to the eye, and it is only a matter of time before he is called up to the senior team.
Manager: Roberto Di Matteo-Chelsea
Takes over 7th place and turns it into a cup double. 'Nuff Said
(Even though he got sacked, he is still the best)
Assistant Manager: Jose Mourinho-Real Madrid
Where to begin? The special one wins trophy after trophy while his comments and emotions never cease to amaze. His tactics and managing are proven to preform at world-class stages, and if only his men shot the ball better from the spot vs Munich, he might have lead Madrid to victory in the Champs League instead of Di Matteo.
FWD/Bench: Robbie Keane-LA Galaxy
Keane is no doubt the best foreign player to ever play in the MLS. His performance on and off the pitch create a money making machine, finishing 7th in jersey sales and netting 21 goals for the Galaxy, including a string of 5 in 5 games to lead them to the MLS final.
FWD/Bench: Fredy Montero-Seattle Sounders
Possibly the second best player to play in the MLS, Fredy is a fan favorite and a proven striker. He was little known about before coming to Seattle from Deportivo Cali in Columbia, but since coming has scored 60 goals and has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Fulham and Celtic.
MF/Bench: Steven Gerrard-Liverpool
Probably one of the best players ever for Liverpool and England, he will go down as a legend for Liverpool. He is one of the most loyal players in the game, staying at his boyhood club since joining them in 1998. Know that Terry has retired from international play, look for the Liverpool captain to take over the England armband.
MF/Bench: Mario Marin-Chelsea
He has not seen much (or any real) action for the Blues, but will be a strong piece for the future. He is a good passer and finisher, and will work well with Mata and Oscar, creating a dynamic midfield.
MF/Bench: Frank Lampard-Chelsea
Similar to Steven Gerrard play wise, he will also go down as a legend for Chelsea. He is spot on for penalties and is a leader on the pitch, even when he isn't wearing the armband. He has scored 129 goals for the Blues and is a fan favorite.
CB/Bench: Nemanja Vidic-Manchester United
Although constantly injured, he is arguably one of the best defenders in the EPL. A powerhouse in the air and on the ground, he is a leader and force to be reckoned with. To put it lightly, you would not want to be on the end of a Vidic tackle.
GK/Bench: Michael Gspurning-Seattle Sounders
The best GK currently in the MLS, he has fitted into the Sounders lineup in place of Kasey Keller. Strong on set pieces and corners, he is linked to Aston Villa and has returned to the national stage with Austria.
Saer Sene-NE Revolution, Michu-Swansea, Michel Vorm-Swansea, Brek Shea-FC Dallas, Landon Donovan-LA Galaxy.