Major League Soccer releases annual players' world map

Major League Soccer released its annual player world map, and the numbers don't lie: MLS is, by a good margin, the most internationally diverse major league in the US and Canada.

MLS boasts players born in 61 different countries. Here's how that compares to the other four leagues.

League (year)

Total # of Players

Players Born Abroad
(% born outside USA & Canada)

Countries Represented
(incl. USA & Canada)

MLS (2013)

530

213 (40.1%)

61

NBA (2012-13)

438

84 (19.2%)

44

NHL (2012-13)

753

183 (24.3%)

19

MLB (2012)

1,057

272 (25.7%)

16

NFL (2012)

2,041

55 (2.7%)

16

 

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