Hex Files: Rivals load up on MLS players

Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Panama have named their teams for the next two games in the Hexagonal, and they include 20 current and 12 former MLS players. Trinidad & Tobago has yet to announce its complete squad.

Costa Rica Roster (8 current, 2 former MLS players*):
GOALKEEPERS: Dany Carvajal (Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/ESP), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense).
DEFENDERS: Johnny Acosta (Herediano), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic/SCO), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/ITA), Kenner Gutierrez (Alajuelense), Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland/ENG), Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Michael Umana (no club), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps).
MIDFIELDERS: Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Christian Bolanos (Vancouver Whitecaps), Celso Borges (Dep. Coruna/ESP), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne/SUI), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC).
FORWARDS: Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon/POR), David Ramirez (Saprissa), Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass FC/THA), Marco Urena (San Jose Earthquakes), Johan Venegas (Minnesota United).
*Salvatierra didn't pass medical exam and never played for FC Dallas.

Honduras Roster (5 current, 3 former MLS players):
GOALKEEPERS: Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana), Ricardo Canales (Vida).
DEFENDERS: Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas), Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa/MEX), Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Johnny Palacios (Olimpia); Felix Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua); Carlos Sanchez (Honduras Progreso), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/SCO).
MIDFIELDERS: Alfredo Mejia (Xanthi/GRE), Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC), Oliver Morazan (Juticalpa), Bryan Acosta (Real Espana), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Carlos Discua (Motagua), Michael Chirinos (Olimpia), Mario Martinez (Ennpi/EGY), Jorge Claros (Real Espana).
FORWARDS: Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo), Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo), Erick Andino (Motagua), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad/ESP), Angel Tejeda (Real Espana).
Mexico Roster (1 current, 2 former MLS players):
Goalkeepers: Rodolfo Cota (Guadalajara), Guillermo Ochoa (Granada/ESP), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
Defenders: Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Nestor Araujo (Santos), Raul Lopez (Pachuca), Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (PSV/NED), Diego Reyes (Espanyol/ESP), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina/ITA).
Midfielders: Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/ESP), Andres Guardado (PSV/NED), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Elias Hernandez (Leon), Jorge Hernandez (Pachuca), Hector Herrera (Porto/POR), Miguel Layun (Porto/POR), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Orbelin Pineda (Guadalajara).
Forwards: Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto/POR), Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Jesus Gallardo (UNAM), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Raúl Jimenez (Benfica/POR), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/ESP).

Panama Roster (6 current, 5 former players):
GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest/ROU), Jose Calderon (Real Cartagena/COL).
DEFENDERS: Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Jan Carlos Vargas (Tauro), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders), Luis Ovalle (Zamora FC/VEN), Michael Amir Murillo (NY Red Bulls), Fidel Escobar (Sporting/POR), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda/SVK).
MIDFIELDERS: Gabriel Gomez (Atl. Bucaramanga/COL), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Alberto Quintero (Universitario/PER), Armando Cooper (Toronto FC), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Miguel Camargo (New York City FC), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula/MEX).
FORWARDS: Blas Perez (Blooming/BOL), Gabriel Torres (Lausanne/SUI), Luis Tejada (Universitario/PER), Ismael Diaz (Porto/POR), Abdiel Arroyo (Danubio/URU).
5 comments about "Hex Files: Rivals load up on MLS players".
  1. Ben Myers, May 31, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

    What this tells us is that MLS offers better financial opportunities than the domestic leagues of Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and T&T. It says little about the quality of play in MLS, which remains way below European leagues AND Liga MX.

  2. Quarterback TD replied, May 31, 2017 at 9:13 a.m.

    Financial is only a small part for those regions.. there are also growth opportunities, better lifestyles, chances to play in a league that is really global, enjoyment and most important build a career..

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 31, 2017 at 9:42 a.m.

    Rather unremarkable observation. Everyone knows MLS is not yet at the level of top European leagues or LigaMX. Seems the way to get there is to get better players though and a lot of these guys are pretty good.

  4. :: SilverRey :: replied, June 1, 2017 at 12:23 p.m.

    If you are telling me that MLS is worse than the leagues in these countries I don't buy it.
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  5. Paul Stierle, May 31, 2017 at 10 a.m.

    The MLS provides stability, a pay check, and opportunity for Central American teams, Even for S America. We have amazing 2 tier players. Just look to Argentina. I agree that there are 3 or 4 countries we can not compete with in Europe. Is the Scottish league better, Austria, Ukraine, and so on? Are all French teams better? We have grown so much. Atlanta's DPs are young and talented. Any top Champions league teams from Europe could be any country. They play 9 months a year. The back line of Juventus is the back line for Italy. MLS is growing and other players want to be part of it from all over. Go USA! Boy I love the sport.

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