- Old players tend to be goal keepers
- A lot of the oldies have played or are playing in MLS
Neither of these observations are too surprising. Keepers tend to peak later in their careers so you’d expect them to be over represented at the tail end of the age spectrum. Of the 11 players that weren’t keepers, 4 of them had MLS experience: Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Carlos Pavon, Simon Elliot and Blaise Nkufo. Given MLS’s reputation as a retirement home for footballers, I wasn’t too surprised until I noticed that Nkufo is the only one still playing in the league. If Beckham hadn’t been injured, he too would have been on the list, but as a special case since he’s been splitting his time between the LA Galaxy and AC Milan. If MLS is a retirement home, it certainly isn’t a final resting place. It’s nice to see MLS Alums moving on to different clubs and still competing with the world’s best, even at the ripe old age of 35.