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Western Conference's edge grows
August 5th, 2013 11:03PM

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[HEXAGONAL WATCH] Ever wonder which MLS conference has the better players? The signing of Clint Dempsey (Seattle) and Panamanian keeper Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) makes 31 current MLS players who have played in 2014 World Cup qualifying for one of the six Hexagonal teams. And of those 31 players, 22 play for teams in the Western Conference.

Dempsey's signing brings to 12 the number of U.S. national team players who have played in 2014 World Cup qualifying and are currently affiliated with an MLS club.

If the USA were to qualify, as many as eight current MLS players would figure to stand a good chance to go to Brazil. Only four traveled to South Africa in 2010.

MLS in the Hex (31):
4 Houston
4 Portland
4 San Jose
3 LA Galaxy
3 Real Salt Lake
3 Seattle
2 Sporting KC
2 FC Dallas
2 Vancouver
1 Chivas USA
1 Columbus
1 New York
1 New England
Note: Players who have played for one of the six Hexagonal teams in 2014 World Cup qualifying.

USA (12):
GP/G PLAYER (2013 MLS TEAM)
12/7 Clint Dempsey
(Seattle)         
8/3 Eddie Johnson (Seattle)
8/0 Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
6/0 Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
5/2 Carlos Bocanegra (Chivas USA)
5/0 Clarence Goodson (San Jose)
4/0 Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
3/1 Brad Evans (Seattle)         
3/0 Brad Davis (Houston)
3/0 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
2/0 Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
1/0 Alan Gordon (San Jose)

Jamaica (8):
GP/G PLAYER (2013 MLS TEAM)
10/1 Ryan Johnson
(Portland)
8/0 Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas)
7/0 Donovan Ricketts (Portland)
7/0 Jermaine Taylor (Houston)
6/0 Lovel Palmer (Real Salt Lake)
4/0 Omar Cummings (Houston)
3/0 Darren Mattocks (Vancouver)
3/0 Alvas Powell (Portland)

Honduras (5):
GP/G PLAYER (2013 MLS TEAM)
12/1 Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston)
11/1 Victor Bernardez (San Jose)
8/7 Jerry Bengtson (New England)
5/1 Marvin Chavez (San Jose)
1/0 Johnny Leveron (Vancouver)
Note: 9/2 Mario Martinez (loan deal with Seattle ended in June)

Costa Rica (4):
GP/G PLAYER (2013 MLS TEAM)
12/7 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
7/1 Roy Miller (New York)
3/0 Rodney Wallace (Portland)
1/0 Jairo Arrieta (Columbus)

Panama (2):
GP/G PLAYER (2013 MLS TEAM)
15/10 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
13/- Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)
Note: 7/0 Marcos Sanchez (released by D.C. United in May)

Mexico (0):

GP=games played in 2014 World Cup qualifying.
G=goals in 2014 World Cup qualifying.



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