With Diop, Džemaili and Svensson advancing, there are now 23 MLS players who have featured for their respective World Cup-bound countries in 2017, and the number will increase this week. In 2014, an MLS-record 21 players were named to their respective World Cup rosters.
New Zealand’s five-player MLS contingent, led by Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, faces Whitecaps FC teammate Yordy Reyna and Orlando City SC’s Yoshimar Yotun of CONMEBOL’s Peru on Wednesday in their inter-confederation playoff. Marinovic stepped up with several key saves and a clean sheet to earn a 0-0 draw on Saturday against No. 10 FIFA-ranked Peru.
Also this Wednesday, a strong MLS group from Honduras is looking for a positive result and advancement to Russia when it heads to Sydney to take on Australia. Western Conference Championship finalist and Houston Dynamo midfielder Romell Quioto along with FC Dallas center back Maynor Figueroa went the full 90 minutes during a scoreless draw against Australia on Friday’s opening leg in San Pedro Sula.