Major League Soccer

Who has won the most aerial duels in MLS during the 2022 season?

Chris Smith
Walker Zimmerman is one of the most aerially dominant players in MLS.
Walker Zimmerman is one of the most aerially dominant players in MLS. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Heading the ball may be a dying art in soccer, but it still absolutely has its place in the game.

Whether it's arriving at the far post to score a goal for your team or being in the right place at the right time to clear away danger in your own box, getting your head to the ball can be just as important as any pass or tackle.

Though for a league that focuses primarily on keeping the ball on the ground, there are plenty of good target men and tall center-backs dominating the aerial battles in MLS right now. Keep track of who leads in this particular metric throughout the 2022 season below:


Who has won the most aerial duels in MLS this season?

Players with the same number of aerial duels won are separated by minutes played.

  1. Steven Birnbaum, DC United - 91 (1,350 mins)
  2. Sean Nealis, New York Red Bulls - 86 (1,693 mins)
  3. CJ Sapong, Nashville SC - 80 (1,413 mins)
  4. Kacper Przybylko, Chicago Fire - 53 (1,153 mins)
  5. Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps - 52 (1,012 mins)
  6. Walker Zimmerman, Nashville SC - 48 (1,305 mins)
  7. Nick Hagglund, FC Cincinnati - 48 (1,384 mins)
  8. Alejandro Bedoya, Philadelphia Union - 47 (1,524 mins)
  9. Kei Kamara, CF Montreal - 46 (843 mins)
  10. Aaron Long, New York Red Bulls - 46 (1,335 mins)

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