Lean start to international break for MLS representatives

Carlos Valdes con la seleccion Colombia

Photo Credit: 
Fabián Rozo

Outside the US win over Antigua & Barbuda and Canada's defeat of Cuba, it was a lean start to the international break for MLS players representing their national teams.

Though MLSers did make some valuable contributions, only the Philadelphia Union's Keon Daniel found the back of the net, hitting an insurance goal in Trinidad & Tobago's 4-1 win over French Guyana in the Caribbean Cup qualifying tournament.

One other Union player did put in a solid shift, though as Carlos Valdés (above, center) started and went the full game in defense as Colombia topped Paraguay behind a brace from the red-hot Radamel Falcao to move within one point of Argentina at the top of the South American qualifying table.

Even though 18 MLS  players saw the field in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying action for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama, none of them found the back of the net and only Álvaro Saborío's Ticos came away with a result, taking a big step towards the final round of qualifying.

Over in Europe, Sweden was the only team to post a win, and even then they barely edged out minnows Faroe Islands, posting a 2-1 result on the road with the LA Galaxy's Christian Wilhelmsson going 62 minutes. Seattle's Adam Johansson did not feature.

Full rundown of MLS participation in international play:

Albania – Lost 2-1 vs. Iceland, World Cup qualifier
F - Hamdi Salihi (DC)

Australia – Friendly at UAE cancelled
F - Tim Cahill (NY)

Colombia – Won 2-0 vs. Paraguay, World Cup qualifier
D - Carlos Valdés (PHI) – Started, played full 90 minutes

Costa Rica – Won 1-0 at El Salvador, World Cup qualifier
D - Roy Miller (NY) – Started,  played 90 minutes
M/D - Rodney Wallace (POR) – Dressed, entered as 83rd minute substitute
F - Álvaro Saborío (RSL) – Started, played 83 minutes

Ecuador – Won 3-1 vs. Chile, World Cup qualifier
M - Oswaldo Minda (CHV) – Dressed, did not play

El Salvador – Lost 2-0 vs. Costa Rica, World Cup qualifier
D - Steve Purdy (POR) – Dressed, did not play

Estonia – Lost 1-0 vs. Hungary, World Cup qualifier
M - Joel Lindpere (NY) – Started, played full 90 minutes

Honduras – Tied 0-0 at Panama, World Cup qualifier
F - Jerry Bengtson (NE) – Started, played full 90 minutes
D - Víctor Bernárdez (SJ) – Started, played full 90 minutes
M - Marvin Chávez (SJ) – Entered as 81st minute substitute
M - Boniek García (HOU) – Started, played full 90 minutes
M - Mario Martínez (SEA) – Started, played 81 minutes

Ireland – Lost 6-1 vs. Germany, World Cup qualifier
F- Robbie Keane (LA) – Did not dress
D – Darren O’Dea (TOR) – Started, played full 90 minutes

Jamaica – Lost 2-1 at Guatemala, World Cup qualifier
F - Omar Cummings (COL) – Entered as 75th minute substitute
D - Jermaine Taylor (HOU) – Started, played full 90 minutes
D - Shavar Thomas (MTL) – Started, played full 90 minutes
M/D - Lovel Palmer (POR) – Started, played full 90 minutes
M - Je-Vaughn Watson (HOU) – Started, played 42 minutes
F - Ryan Johnson (TOR) – Started, played 75 minutes
M - Dane Richards (VAN) – Entered as 42nd minute substitute

New Zealand – Won 2-0 at Tahiti, World Cup qualifier
M - Dan Keat (LA) – Entered as 89th minute substitute

Panama – Tied 0-0 vs. Honduras, World Cup qualifier
M - Gabriel Gómez (PHI) – Started, played full 90 minutes
F - Blas Pérez (DAL) – Started, played full 90 minutes

Scotland – Lost 2-1 at Wales, World Cup qualifier
F - Kenny Miller (VAN) – Entered as 84th minute substitute

Sierra Leone – Drew 0-0 at Tunisia (eliminated on away goals), African Cup of nations qualifier
F - Kei Kamara (SKC) – Started

Sweden – Won 2-1 at Faroe Islands, World Cup qualifier
D - Adam Johansson (SEA) – Dressed, did not play
M - Christian Wilhelmsson (LA) – Started, played 62 minutes

T&T – Defeated French Guyana 4-1, Defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 1-0, Caribbean Cup qualifiers
M - Keon Daniel (PHI) – Played full 90, scored one goal vs. French Guyana; started, went 82 minutes vs. St. Kitts and Nevis

Uruguay – Lost 3-0 at Argentina, World Cup qualifier
M - Álvaro Fernández (CHI) – Dressed, did not play

Uruguay U-20s – Won 2-0 vs. Peru, friendly
F - Diego Fagundez (NE) – Entered as a substitute