Twenty-five MLS players qualify for the World Cup

Orlando City's Yoshi Yotun (a second-half sub) and Vancouver's Yordy Reyna (on the bench) were part of the Peru team that beat New Zealand, 2-0, on Wednesday night and qualified for the World Cup finals.

They bring to 25 the number of current MLS players who played during 2018 World Cup qualifying on teams that will play in the finals. They include eight players each on Costa Rica and Panama.

Of the 25 players, 13 joined MLS teams in 2017, including both Yotun and Reyna.

Costa Rica (8):
Christian Bolanos (Vancouver, 2016)
Francisco Calvo (Minn. United, 2017)
David Guzman (Portland, 2017)
Ronald Matarrita (NYCFC, 2016)
Marco Urena (San Jose, 2017)
Johan Venegas (Montreal, 2015 --> Minn. United, 2017)
Rodney Wallace (D.C. United, 2009 --> Portland, 2011 --> NYCFC, 2017)
Kendall Waston (Vancouver, 2014)

Panama (8):
Miguel Camargo (NYCFC, 2017)
Armando Cooper (Toronto FC, 2016)
Harold Cummings (San Jose, 2017)
Fidel Escobar (NY Red Bulls, 2017)
Anibal Godoy (San Jose, 2015)
Adolfo Machado (Houston, 2017)
Michael Murillo (NY Red Bulls, 2017)
Roman Torres (Seattle, 2015)

Peru (2):
Yordy Reyna (Vancouver, 2017)
Yoshi Yotun (Orlando City, 2017)

Mexico (2):
Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy, 2015)
Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy, 2017)

Belgium (1):
Laurent Ciman (Montreal, 2015)

Spain (1):
David Villa (NYCFC, 2015)

Switzerland (1):
Blerim Dzemaili (Montreal, 2017)

Sweden (1):
Gustav Svensson (Seattle, 2017)

Uruguay (1):
Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle, 2016)
In parentheses: MLS team and first year.
5 comments about "Twenty-five MLS players qualify for the World Cup".
  1. Michael Venus, November 16, 2017 at 10:19 a.m.

    Mps built up Panama Costa rico and Honduras national teams at expense of usa

  2. frank schoon replied, November 16, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.

    MIchael, you can look at it in two ways...The MLS would be a joke without those players from Central America and South America, for those are the only ones that have any skill. THere is not one American player in the MLS that I would go out and watch and this leaque . For without them  the quality of play exhibited would be that of  a glorified college game .

  3. Joe Linzner, November 16, 2017 at 10:58 a.m.

    If that in any way is intended to elevate MLS into a top tier league it utterly fails. Think the number of foreigners playing in the premier league, Bundesliga and on and on. What it tells me that to raise the MLS game, foreigners are necessary. It does prove, however, that our local talent is missing from the WC in its entirety.  

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, November 16, 2017 at 12:05 p.m.

    Oh yes, God forbid anyone say anything remotely positive about MLS.  Of course, every top league has foreigners because they are more concerned with whether someone is a good player than where they are from.  

  5. John Soares, November 16, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.

    Having good players in he MLS regardless of where they come from is good thing. Just as it is through out Europe.
    As more Americans make the cut they will be joining a better league. Win, Win.

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