Finding value on Sorare is getting more and more difficult as the number of users increase. This is because the market gets increasingly efficient and people become wiser. However one place that will always be a source of value is injured players; particularly those returning from long term layoffs. It is not without risk because we have no way of knowing if that player will be able to reach the same level. However our resident writer Shaun Greening has taken a look at some potential Sorare 2022 MLS bargains that have had long injury layoffs.
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Aaron Long – NYRB – Defender – Age: 29 – Sorare MLS 2022 Bargains
Aaron Long is the first name on the list, the USMNT central defender suffered a season ending achilles injury in May 2021; he’s a solid central defender who will come back into the 2nd strongest defence from last season. NYRB kept 13 clean sheets last season which makes Long a good option to pair up with Coronel the NYRB keeper.
In the small sample size from the 2021 season (5 matches) Long averaged 2.6 tackles per match and 2.0 interceptions; when coupling this up with his high duels won percentage of 74% (2021), 65% (2020) and 66% (2019) this should translate into plenty of double doubles, triple doubles and triple triples.
As you can see from the chart below Aaron Long is a solid option for your SO5 teams, he also has added utility as he plays for the USA.
Aidan Morris – Columbus Crew – Central Midfielder – Age: 20
Another who’s 2021 never got going after suffering a season ending ACL injury. Morris had just broken into the starting lineup at the end of the 2020 season impressing in the MLS Cup final, where he lined up for just his 3rd start; riding on the back of this wave he was expected to have his breakout season in 2021, however it wasn’t to be.
Morris is a holding midfielder by trade, not expected to be a starter for their season opener he will hopefully have a good pre-season under his belt to try and break into the starting line up.
We only have a small sample size when looking into Morris’s stats; he averages 1 interception per match, 2.1 tackles and has a defensive duel win percentage of 63.9%. This shows he has the potential for a good AAS game in SO5. When we look further into his attacking output, while he was playing for Indiana Hosiers in 2019, he managed 2 goals and 5 assists in 11 matches, there is certainly decisive potentia there.
Hopefully Aidan Morris can push his way back into the starting lineup and really kick on from his impressive start to his MLS career.
Jordan Morris – Seattle Sounders – Forward – Age: 27
The Seattle Sounders wide forward is another on this list who suffered an ACL injury last season. He made a move across the pond to Swansea City and was just starting to get a feel for the Championship when disaster struck; Morris did make a return at the end of the 2021 season, and was hoping to go deep into the playoffs but it wasn’t to be, Seattle were beaten by RSL in one of the most one sided matches in MLS history.
Now fully recovered from his ACL injury and with a full pre-season behind him can Morris return to his best from previous seasons? Morris has very good MLS pedigree, he returned 11 goals and 8 assists in the 2020 season and 13 goals and 6 assists in 2019.
Seattle have strengthened in the off season and Morris will feel like a new signing, for me they are one of the favourites to take home the MLS cup. I think they will steamroll a lot of teams, especially at home, giving Morris a lot of opportunities to rack up those decisives.
Eryk Williamson – Portland Timbers – Central Midfielder – Age: 24
Eryk Williamson hit a rich vein of form last season before succumbing to a season ending ACL injury, (there’s a theme here and it may have something to do with the artificial pitches in the MLS, but I digress). Portland have already lost Valeri back to his boyhood club Lanus and with Blanco expected to move on, the Timbers need somebody to step up and carry the Timbers into playoff contention next season.
Williamson is a box-to-box midfielder who scores the majority of his SO5 points from duels won in the middle of the park; he averaged 1.4 interceptions and 1.6 tackles per game in 2021 in 14 matches (11 starts) in 2021 with a duel win percentage of 54%.
He managed to get on the scoresheet once in 2021 and provide 2 assists; with Blanco likely to move on, Portland will be looking for somebody to step up. Williamson showed in 2020 he
can score decisions, he notched up 3 goals and 4 assists in 26 matches. With a good AAS game if Williamson can rediscover his 2020 form in front of goal and step up to become an influential member of the Timbers team, he can certainly become a good SO5 option.
Ayo Akinola –Toronto FC – Forward – Age: 22
Ayo Akinola had his breakout during the MLS is back tournament in 2020, scoring 5 goals in two matches, he went on to score 9 times in 11 starts (16 matches) in the 2020 season. 2021 was supposed to be his full breakout season, with a full preseason behind him it was hoped he would go on to lead Toronto’s front line; however an ACL injury in July put an end to that; a modest return of 3 goals in 8 starts (11 matches) didn’t live up to the standards Ayo had set in 2020.
Fast forward to 2022 and Akinola has just signed a new deal at TFC, he will probably have the starting spot until the Summer as Altidore has moved on. TFC are spending big this off season, with Inisgne in the bag already, Belotti is rumoured to be arriving too, if Belotti does sign Akinola’s minutes could be limited.
In terms of SO5 he will need decisive actions like most number 9’s, but the most important thing he needs is minutes; if he can nail down the starting spot, he will become a very good card to own with U23 utility.