The United States’ failure to qualify for the World Cup meant most of the MLS stars will not be gracing the biggest football extravaganza in Russia to be held in June and July. However, that does not mean all of the MLS stars will be missing in Russia as some of them who are from foreign countries were called up to represent their mother countries. Most of the MLS stars who will be featuring at the World Cup hail from the CONCACAF region but there are a few from Europe and Africa. The following are the MLS stars who are likely to make a big impression at the World Cup.
Giovanni Dos Santos (LA Galaxy & Mexico)
The LA Galaxy forward will be making his third World Cup appearance for Mexico having featured previously in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Russia. With his experience, Giovani Dos Santos will be one of the players that Mexicans pin their hopes on when the tournament kicks off in a few weeks’ time. Those who are interested in betting can engage in FIFA world cup betting by tipping Giovani Dos Santos to be the best CONCACAF player at the upcoming World Cup.
Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy & Mexico)
Giovani Dos Santos will be joined by his brother Jonathan Dos Santos at the World Cup. The two brothers have a good understanding at club level with LA Galaxy and Mexico will be hoping that they replicate that understanding at the international level in order to bring joy to the thousands of Mexico fans. This will be Jonathan Dos Santos’ first World Cup appearance having previously been left out of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup campaigns.
Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club & Mexico)
Carlos Vela has had his troubles with the Mexican football association which has seen him miss some crucial tournaments and games for his country including the last World Cup in Brazil but that the two parties seem to have ironed out their differences as Vela was named in the El Tri’s World Cup squad. Vela gives the Mexican attack a different dimension when he is playing and is one of the key players for his country at the upcoming World Cup.
Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United & Costa Rica)
The Minnesota United defender was a constant feature in Costa Rica’s World Cup qualification campaign and is expected to play a huge role during the tournament. A defender who takes no prisoners, Francisco Calvo will need to be at his absolute best if his country is to make it past the group stages in Russia.
Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC & Costa Rica)
Partnering Francisco Calvo in Costa Rica’s central defence is another MLS product in Kendall Waston who plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Together with Francisco, Kendall was a constant feature for Costa Rica in the qualification campaign and Costa Rica’s fans will be pinning their hopes on these two. Kendall who was a contender of the MLS Defender of the Year accolade is a menace not only at the back but when attacking set pieces as well in the opposition box.