MLS Week 4: Ten players missing on international duty

MLS doesn't rest during FIFA's international fixture windows. All four breaks during the 2017 regular season will feature at least three matches during the window. Ten players are expected to miss action for Saturday's three games. No team will be hit harder than expansion Minnesota United, which will be deprived of four starters.

WEEK 4, SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 25
New England vs. Minn. United 2 pm ET
Minn. United call-ups:
None.
Minn. United call-ups:

Francisco Calvo (D) Costa Rica
Kevin Molino (M) Trin. & Tobago
Rasmus Schuller (M) Finland
Johan Venegas (M) Costa Rica

NY Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake 4 pm ET UniMas
New York Red Bulls call-up:
Michael Murillo (D) Panama
Real Salt Lake call-ups:
Albert Rusnak (M) Slovakia
Nick Rimando (GK) USA

Columbus vs. Portland 7:30 pm ET
Columbus call-up:
Jukka Raitala (D) Finland
Portland Timbers call-ups:
David Guzman (M) Costa Rica
Darlington Nagbe (M) USA

MLS STANDINGS
Eastern Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 Atlanta United 2-1-0 11/3
6 Orlando City 2-0-0 3/1
6 NY Red Bulls 2-1-0 4/4
5 Toronto FC 1-0-2 4/2
4 New York City FC 1-1-1 5/2
4 Columbus 1-1-1 4/4
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4 Chicago 1-1-1 3/5
2 Philadelphia 0-1-2 3/4
2 Montreal 0-1-2 3/4
1 D.C. United 0-2-1 0/6
0 New England 0-2-0 1/3

Western Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
9 Portland 3-0-0 10/3
7 FC Dallas 2-0-1 4/2
6 Houston 2-1-0 7/6
6 San Jose 2-1-0 5/4
5 Sporting FC 1-0-2 2/1
4 Seattle 1-1-1 6/5
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4 Colorado 1-1-1 3/3
3 LA Galaxy 1-2-0 3/4
1 Vancouver 0-2-1 2/5
1 Real Salt Lake 0-2-1 1/4
1 Minn. United 0-2-1 4/13

MLS LEADING SCORERS

G PLAYER (TEAM)
5 Josef Martinez (Atlanta United)
4 Diego Valeri (Portland)
3 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
3 Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
3 Romell Quioto (Houston)
3 Maximiliano Urruti (FC Dallas)
3 Erick Torres (Houston)
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3 comments about "MLS Week 4: Ten players missing on international duty".
  1. Wooden Ships, March 23, 2017 at 9:43 a.m.

    It's only a matter of time that the rest of the planet will adhere/change their schedules to match ours.

  2. Gilberto Carvalho, March 23, 2017 at 10:02 a.m.

    Sacha Kljestan is also going to miss the Red Bulls game

  3. Scott Newland, March 23, 2017 at 7:10 p.m.

    Wooden Ships: I know that your comment is sarcasm, but the reality is that every serious discussion regarding schedule change actually moves closer to the MLS version. It is called winter. The countries that actually have winters, similar to our northern states, are likely to lengthen out their winter breaks. And that is with fields designed for the weather. Even our fields with heaters freeze solid early and late in the current season and games are cancelled. Playing warm climate games, during the winter, is a non-starter. Why should half of the teams get home field advantage while getting the early season kinks out and the other get home field advantage as the travel/injuries start to catch up with teams. Playing December through February doesn't work in the US and a 3 month layoff doesn't either. Only other option is to have a split season like Mexico.

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