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MLS players named to 2018 FIFA World Cup squads

The Mexican trio playing in LA have all been named to Juan Carlos Osorio's provisional 28-man squad, which was announced on Monday.

LAFC's Carlos Vela and LA Galaxy brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos all made the initial cut, but the former El Tri head coach noted that if the World Cup started tomorrow, both dos Santos brothers would not be able to play as both are dealing with injuries.

Costa Rica, who will be looking to match their performance from the 2014 World Cup, named their 23-man roster on Monday. It includes six active MLS players including team captains Kendall Waston and Francisco Calvo, as well as Johan Venegas, whom Minnesota loaned to Saprissa for the year.

Elsewhere in CONCACAF, World Cup debutantes announced their 35-man provisional squad that included a bevy of familiar names. Seven current MLSers were named to Hernan Dario Gomez' initial list, which also included many former MLS players.

LAFC right back Omar Gaber and Orlando City center back Amro Tarek have made the cut for Egypt's 29-man FIFA World Cup provisional squad announced Monday, while Gaber's club teammate Steven Beitashour was named to Iran's preliminary roster but failed to make the final roster.

Seattle Sounders center back Kim Kee-hee was not named to Korea Republic's provisional roster, while his teammate, Gustav Svensson, was named to Sweden's 23-man roster.

2018 FIFA World Cup Provisional Rosters: 

Group A: Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay
Group B: Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Group C: Australia, Denmark, France, Peru
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland
Group F: Germany, Korea Republic, Mexico, Sweden
Group G: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia
Group H: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal

 

MLS players on 2018 FIFA World Cup squads:

Columbus Crew SC

Player/Position Country Latest
Cristian Martinez (M) Panama Named to 35-man preliminary roster on May 14

Houston Dynamo

Player/Position Country Latest
Adolfo Machado (D) Panama Named to 35-man preliminary roster on May 14

LAFC

Player/Position Country Latest
Laurent Ciman (D) Belgium Named to 28-man preliminary roster on May 21
Omar Gaber (D/M) Egypt Named to 29-man provisional roster on May 14
Marco Ureña (F) Costa Rica Named to 23-man roster on May 14
Carlos Vela (F) Mexico Named to 28-man provisional roster on May 14

LA Galaxy

Player/Position Country Latest
Giovani dos Santos (F) Mexico Named to 28-man provisional roster on May 14
Jonathan dos Santos (M) Mexico Named to 28-man provisional roster on May 14

Minnesota United FC

Player/Position Country Dates
Francisco Calvo (D) Costa Rica Named to 23-man roster on May 14

New York City FC

Player/Position Country Latest
Ronald Matarrita (D) Costa Rica Named to 23-man roster on May 14
Rodney Wallace (M) Costa Rica Named to 23-man roster on May 14

New York Red Bulls

Player/Position Country Latest
Fidel Escobar (D) Panama Named to 35-man provisional roster on May 14
Michael Murillo (D) Panama Named to 35-man provisional roster on May 14

Orlando City SC

Player/Position Country Latest
Amro Tarek (D) Egypt Named to 29-man provisional roster on May 14
Yoshi Yotun (M) Peru Named to 24-man provisional roster on May 16

Portland Timbers

Player/Position Country Dates
David Guzman (M) Costa Rica Named to 23-man roster on May 14
Andy Polo (M) Peru Named to 24-man roster on May 16

San Jose Earthquakes

Player/Position Country Latest
Harold Cummings (D) Panama Named to 35-man provisional roster on May 14
Anibal Godoy (M) Panama Named to 35-man provisional roster on May 14

Seattle Sounders

Player/Position Country Latest
Nicolas Lodeiro (M) Uruguay Named to 26-man provisional roster on May 15
Gustav Svensson (M/D) Sweden Named to 23-man roster on May 15
Roman Torres (D) Panama Named to 35-man provisional roster on May 14

Vancouver Whitecaps

Player/Position Country Dates
Kendall Waston (D) Costa Rica Named to 23-man roster on May 14

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