With the United States missing out on this year’s edition of the FIFA World Cup, no other league will feel this impact more than MLS. This year, only 19 players across six different countries will represent MLS, which pales in comparison to a league like the Premier League. Manchester City alone has 16 players heading to Russia. Luckily for us Red Bull supporters, two of our very own will be representing Panama, in hopes of bringing glory to their country. Both Fidel Escobar and Michael Murillo have been called to Hernan Dario Gomez’s side. According to Worldfootball, both Escobar and Murillo have been important figures in the Panamanian side, with Escobar making nine appearances during the CONCACAF qualifiers, while Murillo made five. This, however, hasn’t really coincided with the Red Bulls league campaign this season, with Murillo making seven appearances and Escobar only making two for Jesse Marsch’s team, according to the official MLS website. Without the United States in the World Cup, there’s been a great showing of support from Red Bulls fans on social media for both Escobar and Murillo.
Flying the flag for Panama for the World Cup in the office! Especially cheering on the @NewYorkRedBulls boys @Amir_Murillo62 and Escobar pic.twitter.com/fAqkipfdA1
— RBNY England (@nyrbengland) May 21, 2018
Panama find themselves placed in Group G alongside Tunisia and international heavyweights Belgium and England. While many don’t expect them to make it out of the group, let’s hope both Escobar and Murillo not only make us proud, but Panama as well.