Among those still looking to secure a World Cup spot, Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim Džemaili and his Switzerland side (9-0-0, 27 points) have a chance to earn automatic qualification to the tournament with a victory or draw Tuesday. The task will be heavy as the Swiss face Cristiano Ronaldo and second-place Portugal (8-1-0, 24 points) in Lisbon. Both clubs have already earned minimally a playoff position in qualifying. Džemaili netted his seventh career international goal during Switzerland’s 3-1 win against Latvia on Sept. 3.
Orlando City SC’s Yoshimar Yotún, who signed with the club two months ago, helped Peru’s defense shut down Lionel Messi to earn a scoreless draw last Thursday in Buenos Aires. Now the Peruvian has an opportunity to book a World Cup spot if his side can earn the full three points against Colombia on Tuesday in Lima.
The CONMEBOL picture is almost set in stone for Nicolás Lodeiro of Seattle Sounders FC, whose Uruguayan team is second behind Brazil and needs only a draw against Bolivia on Tuesday to guarantee itself an automatic World Cup berth.
A complete list of MLS players called up for international duty sorted by club can be found here.
A complete list of MLS players called up for international duty sorted by national team can be found here.