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Busy qualifying weekend for MLS players


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Open tryouts won't be necessary at BMO Field this week with Toronto FC only missing two players to World Cup qualifiers this time around. But it will indeed be a busy weekend for several of the league's players who will represent their countries at World Cup qualifiers.

Here is a quick look around the league at who will be on international duty. This information will be helpful if you are, like me, an MLS fantasy league player.

New York Red Bulls
Jorge Rojas — Venezuela (at Argentina, March 31 vs. Colombia)
Carlos Johnson — Costa Rica (at Mexico, April 1 vs. El Salvador)
Andrew Boyens — New Zealand (two friendlies at Thailand, Saturday and March 31)
Alfredo Pacheco — El Salvador (vs. USA, April 1 at Costa Rica)

Columbus Crew
Alejandro Moreno — Venezuela (at Argentina, March 31 vs. Colombia)
Frankie Hejduk — USA (at El Salvador, April 1 vs. Trinidad & Tobago)
Duncan Oughton — New Zealand (two friendlies at Thailand, Saturday and March 31)

Toronto FC
Amado Guevara — Honduras (at Trinidad & Tobago, April 1 vs. Mexico)
Carl Robinson — Wales (vs. Finland, April 1 vs. Germany)

Chicago Fire
Bakary Soumare — Mali (at Sudan)
Gonzalo Segares — Costa Rica (at Mexico, April 1 vs. El Salvador)

Los Angeles Galaxy
Landon Donovan — USA (at El Salvador, April 1 vs. Trinidad & Tobago)
David Beckham — England (Slovakia–friendly, April 1 vs. Ukraine)

Houston Dynamo
Brian Ching — USA (at El Salvador, April 1 vs. Trinidad & Tobago)

San Jose Earthquakes
Simon Elliott — New Zealand (two friendlies at Thailand, Saturday and March 31)

Chivas USA
Sacha Kljestan — USA (at El Salvador, April 1 vs. Trinidad & Tobago)

Colorado Rapids
Pablo Mastroeni — USA (at El Salvador, April 1 vs. Trinidad & Tobago)

Kansas City Wizards
Roger Espinoza – Honduras (at Trinidad & Tobago, April 1 vs. Mexico)

Seattle Sounders FC
Jarrod Smith — New Zealand (two friendlies at Thailand, Saturday and March 31)


  1. OMG. I’m trying to get my fantasy MLS team set up and with the internationals gone and the Galaxy not playing, this is becoming a problem. Grr!!!!

  2. Theres no conspiracy don’t you guys remember when the commish said each team will get to choose when they take their byes as is why toronto doesn’t play a game for two weeks in july. Each team had a choice and maybe the crew see missing players early as better than missing them late.

  3. Don’t you guys worry. There will be more scheduling conflicts. June 6. Gold Cup. Confederations Cup.

    And by the way, LA Galaxy enjoys its bye week this weekend. Coincidence? Commish?

  4. I bet Frankie only plays in the El Salvador game and Spector gets the start out right for T and T. Lets hope so for club sake.

  5. Crew is getting screwed. They have a game on 4/2 (against RSL). I’m sure Frankie will be ready to play but it will impact his performance.

  6. I think BB didn’t call up MLS players that weren’t going to play because they all start for their clubs. Thats a sign of respect not a slap in the face. I think this is good because it forces coaches to play guys, and give guys who would normally sit the bench a chance to play.

  7. Hey Ives, totally off topic, but you should try to catch up with Jonathon Spector. I’d love to hear his, and your opinion on him.

  8. Isaac: thanks for the explanation. On the other hand…

    (explative)! One year ago I was putting together National Team lineups that had Soumare and Subotic in central defense. I’m a bit worried about our depth in central defense – Califf and Demerit don’t have me 100% convinced, and Bradley doesn’t seem to like Parkhurst or Conrad.

  9. SombraAla -“I believe KC will be missing Roger Espinoza to Honduras as well.”

    wizards blog said he would miss this week reguardless because he was on the 23 man squad, maybe Ives knows something but I am guess that he overlooked him..

    Ives, please correct

  10. Wow, only 5 US callups from MLS! Pretty interesting stat. Guess it shows as progress during the Bradley era, since most of our Euro-based guys have MLS histories. Used to be DC United had 5 callups alone, way back when.

  11. this guy
    you will see woolard,ward,conde, at least. maybe thor as well since he does play there at times for the nats.. Also i thought i read that Dasan should be ok

  12. I’m worried about my Fire’s backline.

    Prideaux and Dasan Robinson are hurt.

    Soumare and Segares are gone on Int duty.

    That leaves Tim Ward, Conde and who to defend the fort?

  13. Jeff

    Soumare would have had to wait for a while before he got his citizen ship and Mali was offering him a spot so he took it


    It says the Revs are smart not to load up on players with international duty.

  14. not suprised that colombia didnt call up montero since he is in MLS now. same thing with angel too. And for conde? well there a lot of competition for that backline of colombia. They have a tough defense but their offense is weak! call montero and angel if the same 4 players arent working. ut at least they callled up quintero

  15. NZ is primarily a rugby and cricket country. They do have one team, the Wellington Phoenix, in the Australian A-League, but it is only two years old. New Zealand soccer players are attracted to the USA in two ways. First, quite a number have gotten scholarships to American universities. Second, playing professionally in the US is seen as a stepping stone to Europe. The poster boy for this process is Ryan Nelsen, the captain at Blackburn Rovers, who was a scholarship student at Stanford University and played in MLS before moving to the EPL. Incidentally, the current coach of the Portland Timbers is Gavin Wilkinson, a former NZ soccer international.

  16. smith doesn’t really matter anyway.. he is on the injured list and isn’t eligible for a few more games.

    And people need to stop complaining about the intl calender. Its been this way since day 1

  17. MLS and the US is a hotbed for NZ talent. It’s better exposure and better competition than the Aussie league and far more accessible than Europe. Just the kind of pipeline MLS needs.

  18. If only the ruling body of the sport would set aside dates for international matches way ahead of time, and you could schedule around them…

  19. It is kind of funny that you included this one:

    “David Beckham — England (Slovakia–friendly, April 1 vs. Ukraine)”


    Yes I do find it odd also that there are 3 New Zealand players being called up for international duty in the MLS. The 4th is staying at home to sit on the bench in Seattle.

  20. I’m kind of surprised it’s not more players. Seattle got a bit lucky that Montero wasn’t called up, for example. Don’t know what’s happening with Jamaica, whether they are having a friendly or not, because that could have been Dane Richards, Omar Cummings and Donovan Ricketts…

  21. it is sad that new zealand has two friendlies scheduled and canada has nothing. the program is hurting – don’t know how they’re going to improve their game without playing any.


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