A typical MLS match day scene at the Mercedes Benz Stadium

Atlanta United’s Anton Walkes has heaped praise on MLS, describing life at the Mercedes Benz Stadium as ‘perfect’, ‘amazing’ and ‘incredible’.

Walkes first tasted life in Atlanta on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017. It did not take long for the defender to quickly became a popular figure with the supporters.

Walkes returned to Spurs before signing for League 1 Portsmouth in 2018. The 23-year-old rejoined Atlanta in January 2020 and is now a versatile member of Frank De Boer’s backline.

The mutual admiration between Walkes and Atlanta is clear, which we also see in the defender’s comments about the club and of MLS in general.

‘You’ll see a crazy amount of top players coming to the league’

Walkes told the Daily Mirror that MLS is no longer the retirement league that many see it to be, saying:

“Younger players are coming here. It’s not a place if you’re older and just [want] somewhere to see out the last two or three years of your career. It’s way beyond that stage.”

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Walkes added, “Some of the teams, the quality of the players, they could move to Premier League teams or top teams in Europe.”

The iconic names of MLS recent past, such as Thierry Henry, Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, have joined in the Autumn of their careers.

However, there are signs that the league is now far more capable of signing players in the peak of their careers. In the past week, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Balotelli have both been linked to MLS.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time with the LA Galaxy

Carlos Vela, Sebastian Giovinco and Miguel Almiron, are some examples MLS players who recently contributed during their prime or younger years.

According to Walkes, “In the next few years you’ll see a crazy amount of top players coming to the league.”

Walkes is lavish with his praise of his new home, describing to the Daily Mirror how:

“The stadium is perfect, it’s amazing, the atmosphere is incredible.”

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