Tommy was back with another chat wrap: http://dynamic.espn.go.com/espn/chat/chatESPN?event_id=2251 In it, one question caught my eye: Shane(Westbury): Who are the top 3 players currently in the MLS? Tommy Smyth: I am not sure that you can look at the MLS and size out three players that stand out head and shoulders above other players and say these are the three best. The way the MLS strikes me is a lot like the Italian midfield-- a lot of very decent players that work very hard within team concepts. I wouldn't be prepared to single out just three players because I don't really think there are three that are that much better than everyone else. If there is one problem with MLS, there aren't enough players that jump out at you as a great player. I agree with Tommy's point. MLS lacks players who draw you to the match you weren't otherwise attending. Even players like Donovan, Mathis and Beasley, who are all great players, aren't that much better than everybody else. An outstanding player puts a thought into the season ticket holder that they absolutely cannot miss this game, and causes a buzz that draws the casual fans. I could be mistaken, but no player today has the drawing power to increase attendance by 1,000 on name power alone. This isn't a criticism of the league on the whole. I enjoy watching MLS more every year, especially when compared to the first couple of seasons. At times, it felt like watching a sibling's U-14 game - the soccer isn't great but you're there for support. MLS has proven to do a great job developing more depth for the US team while concurrently being an entertaining league. Even though Donadoni, Valderrama and Campos may have approached this star level in the past, I like the direction MLS has taken the past few years. However, as Tommy alludes to later in the chat, I would like to see MLS strive to attract that next level of international player in the near future.