International callups will have heavy toll on MLS games

The good news is that MLS is attracting more players getting callups to their national teams. The bad news: MLS has scheduled seven matches during FIFA's September fixture window and the day after. The 14 teams in action -- and their fans -- will be deprived of a total of 37 players who played last weekend and 51 players on their first-team rosters.

In the Columbus-FC Dallas game, the toll is the worst: eight players who started, 10 players who made appearances and 11 players who dressed in their most recent games will be off on international duty -- and 15 players will be absent altogether.

The next heaviest toll is on the Montreal-Chicago game with seven players who played last weekend missing. The fewest players off on international are in the Portland-Sporting Kansas City game, scheduled for Wednesday. Only Matt Besler and Krisztian Nemeth for Sporting KC played last weekend, and both could conceivably play on Wednesday night though it would be a trek to get to Portland. Besler is with the USA, which plays Brazil Tuesday in Foxboro, while Nemeth's second game for Hungary is on Monday night in Northern Ireland.

The most lopsided situation involved San Jose-Philadelphia. The Quakes will be without four players, all of whom played in the 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy, while the Union is only missing Andre Blake on international duty. (It will also be without suspended Cristian Maidana.)

Note:
In bold are players who played last weekend.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
New England vs. Orlando City, 7:30 p.m. ET
New England (1):
Jermaine Jones (USA)
Orlando City (3):
Darwin Ceren (El Salvador)
Kaka (Brazil)
Cyle Larin (Canada)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
Montreal vs. Chicago, 8 p.m. ET
Montreal (4):
Kyle Bekker (Canada)
Laurent Ciman (Belgium)
Maxime Crepeau (Canada)
Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon)
Eric Miller (USA U-23s)
Johan Venegas (Costa Rica)
Chicago (3):
David Accam (Ghana)
Daneil Cyrus (Trin. & Tobago)
Collin Fernandez (U.S. U-20s)
Joevin Jones (Trin. & Tobago)
Matt Polster (USA U-23s)
Note: Sean Johnson (Chicago) will leave to join the USA after the game.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
Seattle vs. Toronto FC, 10 p.m. ET
Seattle (2):
Victor Mansaray (USA U-20s)
Marco Pappa (Guatemala)
Roman Torres (Panama)
Toronto FC (2):
Jozy Altidore (USA)
*Sebastian Giovinco (Italy)
*injured.
Note: Clint Dempsey (Seattle) and Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) will leave to join the USA after the game.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
San Jose vs. Philadelphia, 10:30 p.m. ET
San Jose (4):
Cordell Cato
(Trin. & Tobago)
Anibal Godoy (Panama)
Sanna Nyassi (Gambia)
Marc Pelosi (USA U-23s)
Philadelphia (1):
Andre Blake (Jamaica)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 6
Columbus vs. FC Dallas, 7 p.m. ET
(Fox Sports, Fox Deportes)

Columbus (6):
Harrison Afful
(Ghana)
Sergio Campbell (Jamaica)
Waylon Francis (Costa Rica)
Kevan George (Trin. & Tobago)
Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone)
Cedrick Mabwati (DR Congo)
Justin Meram (Iraq)
Ben Swanson (U.S. U-20s)
Wil Trapp (U.S. U-23s)
FC Dallas (4):
Tesho Akindele (Canada)
Fabian Castillo (Colombia)
Coy Craft (U.S. U-20s)
Moises Hernandez (Guatemala)
Blas Perez (Panama)
Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
Vancouver vs. Colorado, 10 p.m. ET
Vancouver (3):
Sam Adekugbe
(Canada)
Darren Mattocks (Jamaica)
Russell Teibert (Canada)
Colorado (2):
Kevin Doyle
(Ireland)
Maynor Figueroa (Honduras)
Dillon Serna (U.S. U-23s)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
Portland vs. Sporting KC, 10:30 p.m. ET
Portland (0):
Will Johnson (Canada)
Sporting KC (2):
Marcel de Jong (Canada)
Matt Besler (USA)
Krisztian Nemeth (Hungary)
Erik Palmer-Brown (U.S. U-20s)
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