Every team needs a tough tackler; that player who will throw himself into any challenge in an effort to stop the opposition, no matter the cost to himself.
Of course, number of tackles doesn’t necessarily equate to quality of ball-winner. But practice makes perfect and more often than not, the player getting stuck in the most is the one who does it best.
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With its fast pace, top-heavy rosters, and unpredictability, MLS needs players who can tackle frequently and effectively even more than most other leagues.
Keep track of Major League Soccer’s most frequent tacklers throughout the 2022 season below to see who is getting the job done:
Players with the same number of tackles are separated by minutes played.
- Federico Navarro, Chicago Fire – 145 (1,830 mins)
- Pedro Santos, Columbus Crew – 125 (1,944 mins)
- Claudio Bravo, Portland Timbers – 123 (1,548 mins)
- Gregore, Inter Miami – 117 (1,980 mins)
- Pablo Ruiz, Real Salt Lake – 101 (1,875 mins)
- Paxton Pomykal, FC Dallas – 98 (1,824 mins)
- Leon Flach, Philadelphia Union – 96 (2,055 mins)
- Lewis Morgan, New York Red Bulls – 95 (1,927 mins)
- Diego Palacios, LAFC – 94 (1,777 mins)
- Jean Mota, Inter Miami – 94 (1,932 mins)
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