22 MLS Players in Brazil for World Cup
Every four years the world comes together in celebration of the beautiful game. So far, Brazil’s tournament has been nothing short of just that: beautiful. The games have been exciting, the scoring has been rapid, and the upsets have been plenty.
The most exciting aspect of the World Cup, as always, is seeing the celebration and representation of soccer from 736 players, 32 nations, and dozens of domestic leagues. Major League Soccer, proudly, has sent twenty-two players to Brazil, spreading throughout eight participating nations.
The United States, who recently defeated nemesis Ghana in a 2-1 thriller have 10 MLS representatives. Captain Clint Dempsey, who plays for the Seattle Sounders, is participating in his third consecutive World Cup, and after just 32 seconds against Ghana, became the first American to score in three different World Cup tournaments. Other notable MLS representatives playing key roles for the United States squad are; midfielder Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), defender Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), midfielder Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), and holding-mid Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake).
The New York Red Bulls also have two players that have traveled to Brazil, just not for the United States. Red Bull forward Tim Cahill is one of Australia’s most celebrated footballers of all time and is the nation’s all time leading scorer. His Soccerroos played admirably through their first two games. In the Aussie’s opener against Chile, Cahill scored a goal with a thundering header at the end of the first half. Unfortunately his squad ultimately fell 3-1. On Wednesday, when facing yet another tough opponent in the Netherlands, Cahill’s squad played inspired soccer. After surrendering an opening goal to the Dutch the Aussies struck back hard and quick, scoring an equalizing goal just minutes later on a Tim Cahill strike that may go down as one of the best finishes of the tournament. Unfortunately the ‘Roos fell short after 90+ minutes of great play and were eliminated from contention after a 3-2 loss. Cahill, who exited the game in the second half, may have already played his last game for his country, as yellow card accumulation will prevent him from playing against Spain in both nation’s final match of the 2014 World Cup.
Roy Miller, the Red Bulls left back is currently seeing a different side of the World Cup. Although he has yet to take the field for his home nation of Costa Rica, from the bench, Miller witnessed his squad pull off one of the greatest upsets in recent World Cup history. After trailing 1-0 in Saturday’s duel with seeded squad Uruguay, the Ticos rolled-off 3 unanswered second half goals to defeat the heavily favored Uruguayan team, momentarily putting the Costa Ricans atop Group D. The Ticos face group favorite Italy on Thursday. A win will put the squad in great position to advance to the knockout stage.
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