MLS Fantasy: How will World Cup Qualifiers and suspensions affect your strategy in the coming weeks?

Jason Saghini and Andrew Wiebe talk Fantasy Cup and must-haves in Starting Lineup (above)

The stress level for several MLS Fantasy owners shot up a few levels with the announcement of Jurgen Klinsmann's US men's national team roster for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. And for good reason.

All international call-ups will participate in MLS Fantasy Round 28 (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1), but depart for their respective clubs shortly after. None of the players named below will be available in Round 29 so keep this in mind when finalizing your roster.

World Cup Qualifiers will take place September 6-10 so all players should be back in time to compete in MLS Fantasy Round 30 (Sept. 11-14). Whether or not they return injury-free still remains to be seen.

Note: Bookmark this page. I'll be updating it as more names are released.


  • MID - Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) - Injured


  • DEF - Samuel Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps)
  • DEF - Doneil Henry (Toronto FC)
  • DEF - Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United)
  • DEF - Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
  • MID - Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC)
  • MID - Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
  • MID - Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC)
  • MID - Kyle Porter (D.C. United)
  • MID - Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Costa Rica

  • FWD - Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)


  • MID - Joel Lindpere (Chicago Fire)


  • DEF - Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • MID - Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • MID - Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo)
  • FWD - Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution)


  • FWD - Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)


  • GK - Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)
  • DEF - Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)
  • DEF - Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo)
  • DEF - O'Brain Woodbine (New England Revolution)
  • FWD - Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers)
  • FWD - Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)


  • GK - Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)
  • FWD - Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
  • FWD - Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids)


  • GK - Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas)

Sierra Leone

  • MID - Michael Lahoud (Philadelphia Union)


  • GK - Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
  • DEF - Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
  • DEF - Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders) - Injured
  • DEF - Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
  • MID - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
  • MID - Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
  • MID - Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)
  • MID - Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
  • FWD - Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)


  • MID - Egidio Arevalo Rios (Chicago Fire)


As if the growing number of international departures weren't enough to deal with, several players will be missing time due to suspensions as well. Here's a list of all players facing suspensions in Round 29.

Federico Higuain Columbus Crew 9/4 vs. HOU Red Card
Danny O'Rourke Columbus Crew 9/4 vs. HOU Yellow Card accumulation
Amobi Okugo Philadelphia Union 9/8 vs. SJ Red Card
Leo Gonzalez Seattle Sounders 9/4 vs. CHV Red Card
Kenny Cooper FC Dallas 9/7 vs. VAN Red Card
Ben Zemanski Vancouver Whitecaps 9/7 vs. POR Red Card
Ibrahim Sekagya New York 9/8 vs. HOU Red Card

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