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:
|Adolfo Machado (D)||Panama||Named to final 23-man roster on May 30|
Minnesota United FC
|Francisco Calvo (D)||Costa Rica||Named to 23-man roster on May 14|
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
Orlando City SC
|Yoshi Yotun (M)||Peru||Named to 24-man provisional roster on May 16, named to 23-man roster on June 4|
San Jose Earthquakes
|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
|Cristian Martinez (M)||Panama||Named to 35-man preliminary roster on May 14. Did not make the final roster.|
Orlando City SC
|Amro Tarek (D)||Egypt||Named to 29-man provisional roster on May 14. Did not make final roster.|
|Nicolas Lodeiro (M)||Uruguay||Named to 26-man provisional roster on May 15. Did not make final roster.|