If there was any indicator to show just how far Major League Soccer has come in the last few years, international football and the competitive tournaments played in the summer could be a great yardstick to measure that success.
Of course, the UEFA Euro 2020 Championships and the Copa America are both being played this summer. Initially, it would have been difficult to think of a player in the MLS being given the chance to represent their country in a major international competition, but those days are long gone.
Here are some of the players who are involved:
Przemyslaw Frankowski is a midfielder for Chicago Fire and perhaps unsurprisingly given his name, Poland. The 26-year-old has become a regular in the Polish national side in more recent times, as he has managed to make a handful of appearances, including a substitute appearance against Slovakia in their shock defeat that will have many using bigfreebet.com either delighted or annoyed that they got in on the action!
Slovakia have Jan Gregus representing him, but MLS Soccer fans will know the 30-year-old midfielder as a player for Minnesota United. In fact, Minnesota have a couple of international players representing them at the major tournaments currently being played.
Gregus, though, has been a mainstay for the Slovakia national team, having made his debut in 2015 and being known for his specialities as a free-kick taker who can make things happen.
Robin Lod of Finland is the second of the Minnesota boys to be represented, with the versatile midfielder (who can also play as a winger) having played a plethora of times for his country throughout his career. Still only 28 years old, Lod is arguably in his prime and one individual who has been incredibly important for his MLS team.
The Seattle Sounders thought they would have been represented on this list of players representing their country at a major international tournament this summer, but Raul Ruidiaz has since been dropped and released by the Peruvian national team.
The last of the MLS Soccer players – and perhaps one of the biggest – is Atlanta United’s star striker, Josef Martinez. He is one of the league’s most prolific goalscorers and despite having missed large parts of last season with injury, he was never going to be omitted from the Venezuela national side.
Other MLS players to be featuring for Venezuela include Jose Martinez (Philadelphia Union) and Junior Moreno (DC United) and Ronald Hernandez (Atlanta United).