MLS 2011 Preview: Players Switching Teams That Could Make Big Impacts

This off-season has seen an unprecedented level of player movement in MLS. Whether through new mechanisms such as the expansion and re-entry drafts or through good-old fashioned trades, players have been switching teams at a level never before seen in MLS.

Players switching teams with biggest impacts

Player Team
Dax McCarty
D.C. United
Juan Pablo Angel
LA Galaxy
Steven Lenhart
San Jose Earthquakes
Jimmy Conrad
Chivas USA
Heath Pearce
Chivas USA

Unlike years past, it's not just role players moving around, either. Among the players that have changed teams are potential all-stars like Dax McCarty, Juan Pablo Angel, Steven Lenhart, Jimmy Conrad and Heath Pearce. All five come to their new teams with impressive MLS resumes.

As part of SB Nation soccer's ongoing push toward First Kick, we'll be doing a series of mini-profiles, including those five players. We've also have previews of all 18 teams, as well as mini-profiles of some Home Grown Players poised to start contributing to their teams and a group of players who entered the league this year that could have big impacts. We've also previewed who we think the top contenders are for various individual awards.

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