International Call-Ups Hurting MLS (Again)

International Call-Ups Hurting MLS (Again)

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 2, 2010
  • Alvaro Saborio, Dane Richards, Rafa Marquez

Rafa Marquez will miss a big MLS match against RSL this weekend. (Getty Images)

Once again it seems like international dates on the FIFA calendar are going to hurt several MLS clubs in the coming week. All but two clubs will have at least one player called into their respective national team camps for friendlies (or in a couple cases African Nations Cup qualifiers). Only FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union are without any players getting call-ups.

At a time when MLS is in the heat of the season with playoff races being hotter than ever, teams will be without key guys for a game or two depending on when the friendlies are for their players.

For a club like New York who is making a run at the top of the standings right now they’ll be hit the hardest with four guys called out into duty. Bouna Coundoul, Dane Richards, Rafa Marquez and Roy Miller will all be unavailable this weekend as the Red Bulls try to knock of the defending champions Real Salt Lake in Utah. RSL has a couple big losses of their own with Alvaro Sabario and Will Johnson getting call ups as well.

I won’t go into the MLS needs to break for FIFA dates or whatever today. That’s a barrel of fun that I just don’t have the time for today.

I do think however that some of these weird international dates like this one coming up are hurting MLS clubs a lot. I get the Euro qualifiers and African Nations Cup call-ups. I really have no issues with those but the friendlies for some CONCACAF teams this coming weekend makes little sense to me. I very well could be in the minority feeling that, but that’s how I felt for the US-Brazil friendly a month ago.

To see a full list of who got called up check it out over at Soccer America.

  • Thomas F M L

    I agree. National teams should never play friendlies. EVER. Major League Soccer has to be the international soccer community’s number one priority.