We are now less than a month away from the World Cup. As many as 23 MLS players could make the trip to Russia. It’s an honor, to say the least, to play in a World Cup. But there’s another side of the World Cup beyond the prestige…
The professional opportunities.
Major tournaments like Russia 2018 are enormous milestones for anyone who takes part. It's a chance like no other to step onto the global stage. Nobody is more aware of that than the players. It’s a childhood dream to represent your country, but it’s also full of professional pressure. A good tournament can make a player’s career — and his or her life.
For some, three well-played games can put you on the map, from no-name to highly touted. For others, it’s the final test before elevating their reputation to another echelon in the sport. The World Cup can make dreams come true; it can also ruin them.
Here are five MLS players with more on the line than just personal and national pride: