The requirements are very simple: If you were signed as a fresh pick-up by an MLS team during this offseason and that move did not compel widespread fanfare, you qualify for inclusion.
Just for the record, exciting newcomers such as Jhon Duran were not eligible for this list, as they actually put pen to paper during previous offseasons. Usually, all the choices in this list have arrived from foreign clubs, but this time around we've tabbed a player who made his transfer jump from one Western Conference club to another.
Before we get to the top five, let's quickly give honorable mention salutes to a pair of burgeoning Inter Miami attack reinforcements alphabetically sandwiched around the Chicago Fire's new backline marshal: Leonardo Campana, Rafael Czichos and Emerson Rodriguez.
5. Logan Ndenbe
Defender - Sporting Kansas City
Transaction: Signed from EA Guingamp through 2024 with an option for 2025
Sporting Kansas City needed to find a left back after not retaining Luis Martins, their locked-in starter during the 2021 season. So they went shopping in Europe, a decision that’s suited them well in years past – especially in Spain with current spine leaders Andreu Fontas and Uri Rosell, and the recently departed Ilie Sanchez. Ndenbe, who came up through Belgium’s KV Oostende, could be the next success in that line.
I'm not suggesting the Guingamp transplant is destined to be in the Best XI conversation, but he is precisely the type of player Sporting KC needed this offseason. The left back brings great wheels to a backline with loads of miles on it. His ability to escape pressure and push up the flank should come in very handy for a team whose only other left back (Ben Sweat) is coming back from ACL surgery.
Forward - Columbus Crew
Transaction: Signed from Wisla Krakow through 2024 with an option for 2025
It's no secret a sizable portion of Columbus' downfall last season can be chalked up to the precipitous drop in quality flank play. Their wide backs were hurt and the wingers' chance creation fell off by a decent margin. With the flank crew not up to the level the Crew have grown accustomed to, it simply left too much weight for the injury-riddled spine to bear. All that brings us to Yeboah, who is precisely the type of player needed to help revert the Columbus wide game to its former glory.