Moving forward in midfield, today's MLS 11 edition is center attacking midfielders. As you know, we are going to go through and rank the top five CAMs in all of Major League Soccer. Let's go.

1. Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers

When you look at the Portland Timbers, you see Diego Valeri's impact all over the field. He plays right under the striker (usually Fanendo Adi, but sometimes USYNT player Jeremy Ebobisse) in Caleb Porter's 4-2-3-1. Valeri plays centrally, between Darlington Nagbe and Sebastian Blanco and the trio make up one of Major League Soccer's most dynamic attacking lines. If Portland want to make a playoff push, Diego Valeri is going to have to continue to dominate opposing defenses. He's up for the task.

2. Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United

Atlanta United have been MLS's expansion darlings this season. Currently, Tata Martino's side is sitting in a playoff spot, but in the ultra competitive Eastern Conference, ATL are going to have to keep elevating their level of play if they want to stay there. Almiron has been a massive part of Atlanta's success. Playing under Hector Villalba in a 4-3-3, Miggy is the smooth, consistent motor behind this Georgian machine. If you are looking for some exciting, enjoyable soccer, you are going to want to tune in to watch Miguel Almiron and the rest of Atlanta United.

3. Nico Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders

Imagine this: one lucky MLS team is gifted the amazing trio of Jordan Morris, Clint Dempsey, and Nico Lodeiro. They terrorize opposing defenses, banging in goals left and right. Oh wait, you don't have to imagine; it's the Seattle Sounders. Dempsey has the savvy, Morris has the pace, and Nico has the technical skills. He has a great first touch, fantastic passing ability, and an impressive overall feel for the game. For Seattle, Lodeiro has started centrally and out to the right. There is no doubt, however, Nico can dominate the game from any spot on the pitch.

 

4. Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact

Unfortunately for Montreal, it looks like Ignacio Piatti may not be with the Impact for much longer... After a recent game, Piatti said, "these could be my last ten games [for Montreal]". Hopefully, an agreement between Piatti and the club can be reached soon, because the Argentinian is an absolutely phenomenal player. He's a technically gifted midfielder, with great awareness, and a fantastic eye for goal. Here's to Ignacio Piatti staying in Major League Soccer.

5. Kaka, Orlando City SC

It seems crazy that Kaka is all the way down at number five. Regardless, Kaka is still a force in MLS. He clearly does not have the fitness level to go 90 minutes every game, yet he still manages to impact each game in shorter spurts. Kaka makes the key passes for Orlando City. Kaka puts in goals for Orlando City. Oh, and when deployed properly, Kaka dominates for Orlando City. While OCSC fans may not be happy about his massive salary, hopefully a combination of Kaka, Cyle Larin, and Dom Dwyer will be enough to keep them competitive in the future.

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Published by Joseph Lowery