As the countdown for the 2018 FIFA World Cup intensifies, a number of players going to Russia who are based in the Major League Soccer have dipped.
The MLS has seen numbers significantly dropping with the United States’ failure to qualify for the tournament in Russia.
Of the 19 MLS players headed for Russia, 12 represent two nations, that is CONCACAF members in Panama and Costa Rica.
On the other hand, Sweden has only one player in Gustav Svensson from Seattle Sounders whilst Mexico has three in Giovani Dos Santos, Jonathan Dos Santos from LA Galaxy as well as Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC.
Moreover, in the African continent, only Egypt has a player in Omar Gaber who plies his trade in the MLS and he comes from LAFC.
The Pharaohs’ international has been included in the North African’s final World Cup squad by manager Hector Cuper.
“After 28 years, I think it is special for this generation [to reach the World Cup]. All the people will remember us after we retire,” Gaber said to LAFC website.
“I’m so proud and excited that I will represent my country in the World Cup….It’s a big honour…so I’m so happy and so excited as well.”