sport news From Zlatan to Rooney, the 10 fading stars who could still shine in 2019 MLS ...

The English football season may be reaching its climax in the coming weeks, but across the pond things are just getting started.

After a gruelling pre-season, MLS stars are ready to begin their campaign this weekend, and there is no shortage of big names ready to line up.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at 10 of the biggest fading stars who could still make a big impact in an up-and-coming league... 

Atlanta United won the 2018 MLS Cup, but this weekend sees the fight begin for the 2019 title

Atlanta United won the 2018 MLS Cup, but this weekend sees the fight begin for the 2019 title

Nani - Orlando City

Perhaps the biggest transfer of the close-season, Nani's arrival at Orlando City is big news for the club's fans. A legend, he arrives as on a three-year Designated Player contract to much fanfare.

At the age of 32, his career may be in its twilight years, but he will argue he still has plenty to offer. His first game will be against the Manchester City-affiliated New York City, so immediately there is a sub-plot well worth a watch.

Nani waves to Orlando City fans as he is presented following his move from Sporting Lisbon

Nani waves to Orlando City fans as he is presented following his move from Sporting Lisbon

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Los Angeles Galaxy

'This season I will bring something to you. I will break every record in MLS this season.' Ever the introvert, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the biggest names in the division, and all eyes will be on him once more as he eyes another huge season.

At 37, he could be forgiven for hanging up his boots and putting an end to one of the most spectacular careers ever, but he's still keen for more. Last season he netted 22 goals in 27 games, and many will be eager to see whether he can replicate that form again, despite being another year older.

Legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he will 'break every record in MLS this season'

Legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he will 'break every record in MLS this season'

Wayne Rooney - DC United

In Washington, DC United's top Designated Player is more well-known than most. Wayne Rooney has been in the news recently for his off-field behaviour, so he will be more excited than most to let his feet do the talking in the coming weeks.

First up for Rooney and DC are Atlanta United, a huge test against Frank de Boer's new side in their opening game. Live on British TV, the former England captain will be keen to prove his statement in a recent interview that MLS is a 'fantastic league which keeps growing'. After his 12 goals in 21 games last season, he'll also want to prove that his ability is still growing, too. 

Wayne Rooney has been working hard as he prepares for the start of a new MLS campaign 

Wayne Rooney has been working hard as he prepares for the start of a new MLS campaign 

Brad Guzan - Atlanta United 

The man tasked with stopping Rooney from scoring this weekend is none other than another Premier League stalwart in Brad Guzan. The American is 34 now, and back in his home country for one lash hurrah.

He has been mightily impressive too, since ending his nine-year spell in England to join the recently-formed Atlanta United in 2017. In his first season, he had the top save percentage of any MLS keeper (79.2), before helping his side lift the MLS Cup in 2018. The side will be hoping for more of the same in 2019.

Brad Guzan may be getting on a bit, but he's still on top form and helped his side win MLS Cup

Brad Guzan may be getting on a bit, but he's still on top form and helped his side win MLS Cup

Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC

Unlike many players heading from the UK to America, Altidore's arrival in MLS was a homecoming. The New Jersey-born striker is only 29, and he will argue that he is approaching his

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