WCQ call-ups reflect increased MLS spending on imports

David Villa's call-up to return to the Spanish national team grabbed all the headlines, but he was just one of 19 MLS players representing 17 countries called up for World Cup 2018 qualifying in Europe and South America.

That's the most for a FIFA window in the last two years. Of those 19 players, 15 arrived in MLS in 2017, all but three signed as Designated Players or with the use of Targeted Allocation Money.

EUROPE (12):
Albania

Jahmir Hyka, San Jose Earthquakes (TAM, 2017 winter)
Belgium
Laurent Ciman, Belgium (TAM, 2015 winter)
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Haris Medunjanin, Philadelphia Union (TAM, 2017 winter)
Finland
Alex Ring, New York City FC (TAM, 2017 winter)
Georgia
Vako Qazaishvili, San Jose Earthquakes (DP, 2017 summer)
Hungary
Zoltan Stieber, D.C. United (TAM, 2017 summer)
Liechtenstein
Nicolas Hasler, Toronto FC (2017 summer)
Slovakia
Albert Rusnak, Real Salt Lake (Young DP, 2017 winter)


 
Slovenia
Antonio Delamea, New England Revolution (DP, 2017 summer)
Spain
David Villa, New York City FC (DP, 2015 winter)
Sweden
Gustav Svensson, Seattle Sounders (2017 winter)
Switzerland
Blerim Dzemaili, Montreal Impact (DP, 2017 winter)

SOUTH AMERICA (7):
Ecuador
Carlos Gruezo, FC Dallas (Young DP, 2016 winter)
Paraguay
Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United (Young DP, 2017 winter)
Peru
Yoshimar Yotun, Orlando City (DP, 2017 summer)
Uruguay
Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders (DP, 2016 summer)
Venezuela
Yangel Herrera, New York City FC (2017 winter)
Josef Martinez, Atlanta United (DP, 2017 winter)
Jefferson Savarino, Real Salt Lake (Young DP, 2017 winter)

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