MLS Players in the World Cup
|EDIT: Updated for 2010.|
Here's a list of every MLS player that has played in the World Cup since the first opportunity in 1998. I'm counting only guys who were with an MLS team at the time. Some notes:
1) FC Dallas continues to be the only original MLS team without a World Cup player.
2) KC/LA are the only two teams to send a player to all four tournaments since the league started. Due to Tony Meola sitting the bench in 2002, the Galaxy are the only team to have a player play in each tournament.
3) Columbus' 5 players in 1998 remain a record.
4) The teams with the most players sent are: KC-7, LA-7, CLB-6, NE-5, NY-5.
5) Only five players have made it twice in a row while playing for the same MLS team: Pablo Mastroeni, Brian McBride, Eddie Pope, Cobi Jones, and Landon Donovan.
6) Overall, MLS has sent 53 players to the World Cup:
The full list:
(italics = did not play)
C.D. Chivas USA
2006-John O'Brien, Claudio Suarez (MEX)
1998-Jorge Campos (MEX)
2002-DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wolff
1998-Thomas Dooley, Brian Maisonneuve, Brian McBride, Jurgen Sommer; Andy Williams (JAM)
1998-Jeff Agoos, Eddie Pope
Kansas City Wizards
1998-Preki; Uche Okafor (NIG)
2006-Jimmy Conrad, Eddie Johnson, Josh Wolff
2010-Roger Espinoza (HON)
Los Angeles Galaxy
2006-Chris Albright, Landon Donovan, Cornell Glen (TRI)
2010-Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan
1998-Carlos Valderrama (COL)
New England Revolution
1998-Mike Burns, Joe-Max Moore
2006-Clint Dempsey, Avery John (TRI)
New York Red Bulls
1998-Alexi Lalas, Tab Ramos; Marcelo Vega (CHI)
2010-Andrew Boyens (NZ)
Real Salt Lake
2006-Eddie Pope, Douglas Sequeira (CR)
San Jose Earthquakes
2002-Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan
Seattle Sounders FC
Tampa Bay Mutiny
1998-Frankie Hejduk, Roy Wegerle
2002-Landon Donovan (2), Clint Mathis, Brian McBride (2)
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