The SA stars who played in MLS

SA Players Abroad

Bafana Bafana forward Bongokuhle Hlongwane has joined an impressive list of South African footballers who have starred in the United States' Major League Soccer.

Last week, MLS side Minnesota United announced the signing of 21-year-old South Africa international Bongokuhle Hlongwane on an initial three-year deal from Maritzburg United.

Scroll through the gallery to see the South African players who have featured in Major League Soccer - during the MLS era

Hlongwane joins Minnesota as the club's first U22 initiative signing ahead of the 2022 campaign and follows in the footsteps of some of the country's biggest names who enjoyed stints in the US since the inaugural MLS season in 1996.

That number includes the legendary figure of Doctor Khumalo who blazed a trail with Columbus Crew between 1996 and 1997, scoring five goals in 45 matches (including two MLS Cup playoff matches).

During the same period, fellow Bafana Bafana star Shaun Bartlett burst onto the scene with Colorado Rapids and MetroStars, while the lesser-known Ivan McKinley, Derek Backman and Richard Farrer also graced the division.

Following the turn of the century, a number of other South Africans followed made the trip to the States, including Nkosinathi Nhleko, who was affectionately known as Toni during his brief stint with FC Dallas.

Former youth international Danleigh Borman had spells with New York Red Bulls and Toronto, Ethen Sampson turned out for Vancouver Whitecaps and Lindokuhle Mfeko briefly called San Jose home.

And, apart from the recently-acquired Hlongwane, MLS also boasts Kamohelo Mokotjo among its ranks, with the former FC Twente and Brentford star presently turning out for FC Cincinnati.

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