FIFA 19: MLS Player of the Month April Prediction (POTM)

The MLS has joined the POTM party on FIFA Ultimate Team, but who from the States deserves to pick up April's award?


The MLS season is gathering pace, with the sides in the two conferences having played between seven and 10 matches thus far in the campaign. We saw a new addition to the MLS makeup last month, with the North American top-flight following the example set by the Premier League and the Bundesliga by throwing in a FIFA 19 card for the Player of the Month winner.

These cards can be unlocked on FIFA Ultimate Team but only via various Squad Building Challenges (SBCs), making the POTM an expensive item to get hold of. The winner will be selected after a public vote, so you can have your say on who should think take the prize and the boosted Ultimate Team card.

RealSport looks at the contenders for April’s award.

Carlos Vela (OVR 81 – POTM 90)

The first ever MLS POTM could repeat the trick this month with Carlos Vela scoring five goals and picking up two assists for Los Angeles FC. The Mexican international scored goals against DC United (4-0), Cincinnati (2-0), Seattle Sounders (1-1) as well as a three goals in two games against Seattle Sounders. 

The former Arsenal man should see his 81 overall improve to a POTM rating of 90, with the right winger’s base card costing 550 coins on PS4 and 700 on Xbox One in Ultimate Team. An 86 second in-form item from TOTW 29 will set you back 51,000 on PS4 and 50,000 on Xbox One.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (OVR 85 – POTM 90)

Despite receiving some bad press this past week, we can still expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be up for the POTM award after netting five times in April. The big Swede has taken his tally for the season to eight after scoring twice against Portland Timbers (2-1) and Philadelphia Union (2-0) as well as strikes against Vancouver Whitecaps (2-0) and Real Salt Lake (2-1).

Zlatan is likely to improve from an 85 overall to a 90 POTM if he is voted in, with his base card priced at 9,400 on PS4 and 9,500 on Xbox One. 

Nani (OVR 80 – POTM 88)

Another former Premier League star Nani has settled in at life at Orlando City like a duck to water. The ex Manchester United man matched Vela’s and Ibrahimovic’s efforts with five goals in as many games in April. A brace against Colorado Rapids (2-0) was followed by notching against Real Salt Lake (1-2), Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0) and New York City (1-1) to lift the club to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. 

An 80 overall for Nani is likely to reach 88 if he takes the award, with the left winger’s base card worth 850 coins on PS4 and 1,000 on Xbox One.

Jozy Altidore (OVR 77 – POTM 85)

Jozy Altidore is a good old-fashioned striker as his hustle and bustle approach makes him a real handful for defenders. The Toronto striker scored three goals in April but also added two assists, showing how good he is at bringing other’s into play. The former Sunderland man scored in the 2-2 draw against Chicago Fire and bagged twice in the 3-2 loss versus Seattle Sounders, showing he needs a little more help from his teammates. 

Altidore’s 77 overall could improve to around 85 if he takes a surprise POTM prize, with his base card valued at 1,100 coins on PS4 and 950 on Xbox One. 

Diego Rossi (OVR 72 – POTM 84)

With LAFC flying so high this early in the season, it will be no surprise that we’ve shortlisted two players this month. Diego Rossi may not have hit the heights of Carlos Vela, but the main man cannot do it alone, with left winger Rossi scoring three goals and picking up an assist. With those two in this vein of form, and LAFC at the top of the Western Conference, they will be tough to tie down this season.

Rossi has a 72 overall on Ultimate Team, which would rise to around 84 for the POTM. The Uruguayan has a 79 in-form LW item worth 12.

  1. Who should be the MLS Player of the Month?

    1. Carlos Vela
    2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    3. Nani
    4. Jozy Altidore
    5. Diego Rossi
    6. Other (comment below)
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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC.

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