22 MLS players set to represent league at World Cup

22 MLS players set to represent league at World Cup

World Cup 2014

22 MLS players set to represent league at World Cup

Michael Bradley TFC MLS

By CAITLIN MURRAY

With the late addition of Chivas USA’s Oswaldo Minda to the Ecuador World Cup squad due to injury Monday, Major League Soccer can claim 22 representatives in Brazil.

Outside of the U.S. Men’s National Team, 11 players will represent MLS when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday. Including the USMNT, the total is 22, with 43 percent of the American squad coming from MLS.

That figure of 22 includes a player who has yet to actually play in MLS, but who has signed on to play in MLS in 2015. Spanish national team striker David Villa will be hoping to lead Spain to a repeat World Cup title.

The U.S. World Cup squad this year represents the league prominently, but not as much as some previous years. MLS claimed a high of 16 USMNT players in 1998 and 12 players both in 2006 and 2002. The 2010 World Cup was an all-time low, with just four MLS players.

When it comes to national teams represented by their country’s domestic league, Russia is tops with all of their players coming from careers at home. England comes close, with 22 of 23 players coming from the English Premier League.

The EPL will be the most represented league in Brazil with 110 players in the tournament. Liga MX will be represented by 24 players.

Here’s a look at the players from MLS who will be in Brazil:

AUSTRALIA:

Tim Cahill, forward, New York Red Bulls

BRAZIL:

Julio Cesar, goalkeeper, Toronto FC

COSTA RICA:

Giancarlo González, defender, Columbus Crew

Waylon Francis, defender Columbus Crew

Roy Miller, defender, New York Red Bulls

ECUADOR:

Oswaldo Minda, midfielder, Chivas USA

HONDURAS:

Victor Bernardez, defender, San Jose Earthquakes

Marvin Chavez, midfielder, Chivas USA

Oscar Boniek Garcia, midfielder, Houston Dynamo

Jerry Bengtson, forward, New England Revolution

SPAIN

David Villa, forward, New York City FC

IRAN:

Steven Beitashour, defender, Vancouver Whitecaps

UNITED STATES:

Nick Rimando, goalkeeper, Real Salt Lake

Matt Besler, defender, Sporting Kansas City

Omar Gonzalez, defender, Los Angeles Galaxy

DeAndre Yedlin, defender, Seattle Sounders FC

Kyle Beckerman, midfielder, Real Salt Lake

Michael Bradley, midfielder, Toronto FC

Brad Davis, midfielder, Houston Dynamo

Graham Zusi, midfielder, Sporting Kansas City

Clint Dempsey, forward, Seattle Sounders FC

Chris Wondolowski, forward, San Jose Earthquakes

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