In a sport where the uniform is as standard as soccer, hairstyles are a way for players to show some personality.
There were some notable candidates for Best Hair of 2015, with a familiar face leading the way.
We’ve highlighted some of our favorites – as voted by the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff – detailed below.
Hair of the Year: Dominic Oduro’s versatile styles
Know Dominic Oduro, know his chameleon-like ability to transform his hair. The striker, with the Montreal Impact in 2015, of course integrated his team colors into his style once more, as well as the colors of the Ghanaian flag in his mohawk.
He also etched a star, no doubt in honor of Ghana’s “Black Stars” into the side of his head.
Jul 11, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact forward Dominic Oduro (7) celebrates his goal against Columbus Crew during the first half at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
This is a man who once etched a slice of pizza in his head, so we know that nothing is off limits for Oduro and his hair.
Honorable Mention: Kei Kamara’s top-stalk
What do you do if your hair is getting longer, but you’re not ready to get it cut? If you’re Columbus Crew SC forward Kei Kamara, you transform your freely moving dreadlocks into a tidy stalk atop your head.
Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew forward Kei Kamara (23) warms up before the 2015 MLS Cup championship game against the Portland Timbers at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports
A variation of the “man bun” trend that swept MLS circles in 2015, Kamara’s look is functional and fashion-forward all at once.
Honorable Mention: Lee Nguyen’s blonde bounce
Lee Nguyen has not been afraid to try some different styles over the years, but he brought a whole new level of hair ambition in 2015. Eschewing the long styles of the past, Nguyen kept it high and tight, with a little length on top. He bleached the top section blonde. But what made Nguyen’s look distinctive was the flexibility, the bounce, the joie de vivre of the blonde part.
Oct 25, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New England Revolution midfielder/forward Lee Nguyen (24) celebrates his goal during the first half against the New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Some may call it a “troll-like” look, after the figurines that were massively popular in the 1990s, but rest assured, that’s meant in the most positive way possible.
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