Summer call-ups: MLS clubs lose 70 players for Gold Cup and Copa America

For every positive development comes a complicating factor for MLS.

As MLS teams use increased TAM funds to up their spending on international talent, that means more established players will be unavailable during tournaments like the Gold Cup and Copa America, which both open next week.

A record 59 MLS players were named to Gold Cup rosters announced on Thursday to go along with 11 players previously named to South America teams competing in the Copa America.

In addition, four MLS players were named to provisional rosters for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which runs June 21-July 19 in Egypt. (Another 14 players have been called up for Euro 2020 qualifiers that run through Tuesday.)

MLS has an abbreviated league schedule this week -- six games -- and is off next week -- there is Open Cup play on Tuesday and Wednesday -- but it resumes the weekend of June 22-23 and runs for two weeks after that, meaning players at the Gold Cup and Copa America could be unavailable for three weeks of league play, not including any rest they are afforded when they return.

The Seattle Sounders lead all teams with eight players on Gold Cup and Copa America duty. They were also missing Gustav Svensson (Sweden) and Brad Smith (Australia) for the match at Montreal on Wednesday and dressed only six subs in the 2-1 loss.

Defending champion Atlanta United caught a break. Josef Martinez is with Venezuela, which faces the USA on Sunday in Cincinnati, but Pity Martinez wasn't called by Argentina for the Copa America, nor were Brad Guzan, Miles Robinson or Darlington Nagbe, all named to the U.S. provisional roster for the Gold Cup.

Adding to the Five Stripes' good fortune, Ezequiel Barco's run at the Under-20 World Cup was cut short when Argentina fell to Mali in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, losing in a shootout after allowing the equalizing goal of the 2-2 tie in stoppage time of the second overtime period.

Atlanta United (1)
Josef Martinez (F) Venezuela

Chicago Fire (1)
Francisco Calvo (D) Costa Rica

FC Cincinnati (4)
Allan Cruz (M) Costa Rica
Darren Mattocks (F) Jamaica
Alvas Powell (D) Jamaica
Kendall Waston (D) Costa Rica

Colorado Rapids (1)
Jonathan Lewis (F) USA

Columbus Crew (4)
Zack Steffen (GK) USA
Wil Trapp (M) USA
Gyasi Zardes (F) USA
*Jonathan Mensah (D) Ghana

D.C. United (2)
Paul Arriola (F) USA
Junior Moreno (F) Venezuela

FC Dallas (2)
Bryan Acosta (M) Honduras
Carlos Gruezo (M) Ecuador

Houston Dynamo (4)
Darwin Ceren (M) El Salvador
Alberth Elis (F) Honduras
Maynor Figueroa (D) Honduras
Romell Quioto (F) Honduras

LAFC (4)
Mark-Anthony Kaye (M) Canada
Tyler Miller (GK) USA
Peter-Lee Vassell (M) Jamaica
Walker Zimmerman (D) USA

LA Galaxy (3)
Jonathan dos Santos (M) Mexico
Giancarlo Gonzalez (D) Costa Rica
Rolf Feltscher (D) Venezuela

Minnesota United (2)
Kevin Molino (M) Trinidad and Tobago
*Romain Metanire (D) Madagascar

Montreal Impact (5)
Omar Browne (F) Panama
Daniel Lovitz (D) USA
Zachary Brault-Guillard (D) Canada
Samuel Piette (M) Canada
*Micheal Azira (M) Uganda

New England Revolution (1)
Zach Herivaux (M) Haiti

NYCFC (4)
Sean Johnson (GK) USA
Ronald Matarrita (D) Costa Rica
*Ebenezer Ofori (M) Ghana
Alexander Callens (D) Peru

NY Red Bulls (4)
Derrick Etienne Jr. (F) Haiti
Kemar Lawrence (D) Jamaica
Michael Murillo (D) Panama
Aaron Long (D) USA

Orlando City (5)
Danny Acosta (D) Honduras
Will Johnson (M) Canada
Kamal Miller (D) Canada
Greg Ranjitsingh (GK) Trinidad & Tobago
Sebastian Mendez (M) Ecuador

Philadelphia Union (3)
Andre Blake (GK) Jamaica
Warren Creavalle (M) Guyana
Marco Fabian (M) Mexico

Portland Timbers (2)
Andres Flores (M) El Salvador
Andy Polo (M) Peru

Real Salt Lake (1)
Jefferson Savarino (M) Venezuela

San Jose Earthquakes (3)
Harold Cummings (D) Panama
Nick Lima (D) USA
Anibal Godoy (M) Panama

Seattle Sounders (8)
Jordy Delem (D) Martinique
Joevin Jones (D) Trinidad and Tobago
Jordan Morris (F) USA
Cristian Roldan (M) USA
Roman Torres (D) Panama
Xavier Arreaga (D) Ecuador
Raul Ruidiaz (M) Peru
Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay)

Toronto FC (6)
Jozy Altidore (F) USA
Michael Bradley (M) USA
Omar Gonzalez (D) USA
Ashtone Morgan (D) Canada
Noble Okello (M) Canada
Jonathan Osorio (M) Canada
Note: Gonzalez becomes eligible on July 9.

Vancouver Whitecaps (4)
Derek Cornelius (D) Canada
Maxime Crepeau (GK) Canada
Doneil Henry (D) Canada
Russell Teibert (M) Canada

Photo: Seattle Sounders Commincations

2 comments about "Summer call-ups: MLS clubs lose 70 players for Gold Cup and Copa America".
  1. Wooden Ships, June 7, 2019 at 9:11 a.m.

    I have an idea, change the MLS season. 

  2. John Soares, June 7, 2019 at 1:34 p.m.

    Seattle Montreal....13 players missing.
    The joke is in the scheduling.
    Sorry WS, unless you were in Hawaii for the winter
    You know that half the games in the northern states would have been canceled, snow
    and a few in the south, rain.

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