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:

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

  1. Steven Birnbaum, DC United – 80 (1,170 mins)
  2. CJ Sapong, Nashville SC – 71 (1,085 mins)
  3. Sean Nealis, New York Red Bulls – 71 (1,260 mins)
  4. Walker Zimmerman, Nashville SC – 45 (1,125 mins)
  5. Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps – 43 (786 mins)
  6. Kei Kamara, CF Montreal – 40 (670 mins)
  7. Adam Buksa, New England Revolution39 (819 mins)
  8. Kacper Przybylko, Chicago Fire38 (829 mins)
  9. Taty Castellanos, NYCFC38 (954 mins)
  10. Nick Hagglund, FC Cincinnati – 38 (1,024 mins)



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