MLS players named to 2018 FIFA World Cup squads

MLS will have 19 players representing six countries at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, following the final cuts to the preliminary rosters for the 32-team tournament.

Headlining the players on the proverbial plane to Russia is the Los Angeles contingent of the Mexican national team, as LAFC's Carlos Vela and LA Galaxy brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos all made the cut for Juan Carlos Osorio's squad.

Costa Rica, who will be looking to match their performance from the 2014 World Cup, named their 23-man roster on May 14. 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 Panama trimmed their 35-man squad to their final 23-man roster on May 30. Hernan Dario Gomez included six current MLSers in the final squad. 

LAFC right back Omar Gaber made the cut for Egypt's 23-man FIFA World Cup final squad announced Monday, while Seattle Sounders midfielder/defender Gustav Svensson was named to Sweden's 23-man roster. Finally, Peru included two MLSers, Portland Timbers winger Andy Polo and Orlando City SC midfielder Yoshi Yotun, to their final squad.

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

2018 FIFA World Cup Final Rosters:

All 32 countries' final rosters are available on FIFA's website.

MLS players on 2018 FIFA World Cup final rosters:

Houston Dynamo

Player/Position Country Latest
Adolfo Machado (D) Panama Named to final 23-man roster on May 30

LAFC

Player/Position Country Latest
Omar Gaber (D/M) Egypt Named to 29-man provisional roster on May 14, named to 23-man roster on June 4
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, named to 23-man roster on June 3

LA Galaxy

Player/Position Country Latest
Giovani dos Santos (F) Mexico Named to 28-man provisional roster on May 14, named to 23-man roster on June 3
Jonathan dos Santos (M) Mexico Named to 28-man provisional roster on May 14, named to 23-man roster on June 3

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 final 23-man roster on May 30
Michael Murillo (D) Panama Named to final 23-man roster on May 30

Orlando City SC

Player/Position Country Latest
Yoshi Yotun (M) Peru Named to 24-man provisional roster on May 16, named to 23-man roster on June 4

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, named to 23-man roster on June 4

San Jose Earthquakes

Player/Position Country Latest
Harold Cummings (D) Panama Named to final 23-man roster on May 30
Anibal Godoy (M) Panama Named to final 23-man roster on May 30

Seattle Sounders

Player/Position Country Latest
Gustav Svensson (M/D) Sweden Named to 23-man roster on May 15
Roman Torres (D) Panama Named to final 23-man roster on May 30

Vancouver Whitecaps

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

MLS players on 2018 FIFA World Cup provisional rosters:

Columbus Crew SC

Player/Position Country Latest
Cristian Martinez (M) Panama Named to 35-man preliminary roster on May 14. Did not make the final roster.

LAFC

Player/Position Country Latest
Steven Beitashour (MD) Iran Named to 35-man preliminary roster on May 14. Did not make the final roster.
Laurent Ciman (D) Belgium Named to 28-man preliminary roster on May 21. Named as standby player in case of injury.

Orlando City SC

Player/Position Country Latest
Amro Tarek (D) Egypt Named to 29-man provisional roster on May 14. Did not make final roster.

Seattle Sounders

Player/Position Country Latest
Nicolas Lodeiro (M) Uruguay Named to 26-man provisional roster on May 15. Did not make final roster.

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