Top 10 MLS Players with the highest social interactions among fans
September was an exciting month in the MLS. LAFC won the 2019 MLS Supporter’s Shield after beating Houston 3-1 at home. Seattle Sounders’ Chris Wondoloski was suspended via red card and then spent the next game watching from the Sounders’ supporter section. Minnesota United will appear in the MLS Playoffs for the first time since the club’s debut in the league three years ago. With all of that happening on the field, what were the biggest moves made on social? Let’s take a look.
Zlatan being Zlatan
Zlatan and the LA Galaxy are headed to the playoffs in October after another great month for the international superstar. This month, Zlatan’s most popular tweet, gaining 229.8k likes and over 40k retweets, featured a video of himself completely unfazed by a fan running onto the field to greet him. September also included the ESPY awards where Zlatan was voted MLS Best Player, and as he will tell you, it was no mistake. We wish for the best as LA Galaxy (a Hookit client!) enters their 19th playoffs in MLS history.
Josef Martinez’s Explosive Month
Martinz smashed his own record during the month of September and extended his streak of games with a goal to 15 total games. During this streak, Martinez scored this incredible goal, garnering almost 263k views on Instagram. Although the month ended with Martinez being pulled off for an injury, he kept his team in contention for the playoffs. Finishing second in their conference, Martinez and Atlanta United await their return to the playoffs. Martinez returned to the pitch in their second to last regular season game, scoring yet another goal.
Roman Torres’ Return to MLS
Roman Torres, after sitting out a 10 game suspension, returned to the field for Seattle Sounders in their most recent game against Minnesota United. During his 10 game suspension, Torres posted about his most recent hair cut, a post that was his best of the month, earning him 40k total interactions. The haircut proved fruitful to both Torres and the Sounders as his 1st MLS goal clinched a second place finish and home field advantage for the Sounders in the first round of the playoffs.
October brings us closer to the end of the MLS season, with only one regular season game left for many teams and playoffs starting October 20th. As the end of the season approaches will we see some new faces in our top 10. With Bastian Schweinsteiger announcing his retirement from soccer, a continuous spot in the top 5 will open up for a new face. Come back next month to see who succeeds on the field and on social!
Written by Sophia Leksan
Sophia studied Information Systems at Loyola Marymount University while being a member of the D1 Women’s Soccer team. In addition to working at Hookit, she is currently studying to earn her Master’s of Sports Administration at Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and exploring Chicago.