Mexico Stars Take Top 2 Spots On MLS’s Best-Selling Jerseys In 2020
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Reigning Major League Soccer MVP Carlos Vela topped the league's shirt sales during the 2020 season.
In a list announced Friday, the Los Angeles Galaxy's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez came in second behind Vela in shirt sales on MLS's web store.
Vela opted out of the MLS Is Back Tournament near Orlando in the summer, and he finished the regular season with four goals in seven games. A year ago, he set an MLS single-season record with 34 goals.
Hernandez struggled this year during his first season with the Galaxy, scoring just two goals in 12 games. Both Vela and Hernandez are Mexican.
Atlanta United's Josef Martinez placed third in shirt sales this year after coming in second behind then-Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2019. Ibrahimovic, a Swedish star, left Los Angeles to play for AC Milan in Italy's Serie A. Martinez, from Venezuela, played in just one game in 2020 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
Vela was third on the shirt-sale list in 2019.
Three members of expansion team Inter Miami landed among the top 10 in shirt sales this year. Mexico's Rodolfo Pizarro came in fifth, Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain came in sixth and France's Blaise Matuidi placed ninth.
The top U.S.-born player on the list is Seattle Sounders striker Jordan Morris at No. 4.
MLS Shirt Sales 2020
- 1. Carlos Vela, Los Angeles FC forward
- 2. Javier Hernandez, LA Galaxy forward
- 3. Josef Martinez, Atlanta United forward
- 4. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders forward
- 5. Rodolfo Pizarro, Inter Miami midfielder
- 6. Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Miami forward
- 7. Nani, Orlando City midfielder
- 8. Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle Sounders forward
- 9. Blaise Matuidi, Inter Miami midfielder
- 10. Brenden Aaronson, Philadelphia Union midfielder
- 11. Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers midfielder
- 12. Alejandro Bedoya, Philadelphia Union midfielder
- 13. Diego Chara, Portland Timbers midfielder
- 14. Alan Pulido, Sporting Kansas City forward
- 15. Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders midfielder
- 16. Edison Flores, D.C. United midfielder
- 17. Diego Rossi, Los Angeles FC forward
- 18. Johnny Russell, Sporting Kansas City midfielder
- 19. Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes forward
- 20. Jonathan dos Santos, LA Galaxy midfielder
- 21. Cristian Pavon, LA Galaxy forward
- 22. Walker Zimmerman, Nashville SC defender
- 23. Lucas Zelarayan, Columbus Crew midfielder
- 24. Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders midfielder
- 25. Ezequiel Barco, Atlanta United midfielder