MLS Players Dominate Call-Ups for the Copa América

See the Influence of the MLS on Call-Ups

Orlando City SC v Cavalry FC: First Round - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One
Orlando City SC v Cavalry FC: First Round - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One / Kevin Light/GettyImages

The 2024 Copa América is about to write a new chapter in history. In its 48th edition, the tournament returns to the United States, marking the second time the country will host this prestigious competition, following the memorable Copa América Centenario in 2016. The selection of the United States as the host once again is not merely a whim but a strategic decision reflecting the growing interest and investment in soccer in the country.

From June 20 to July 14, 2024, North American stadiums will become the stage for intense battles, bringing together 16 teams—10 from CONMEBOL and 6 from CONCACAF. The presence of world-renowned players, like Lionel Messi from Inter Miami, further elevates expectations for the tournament.

It's not just the opportunity to see great stars in action that makes this Copa América special, but also the context in which it unfolds. The competition will coincide with UEFA Euro 2024, offering a double feast for fans. Additionally, the winner of the 2024 Copa América will secure a spot in the 2025 Finalissima, where they will face the European champion, adding an extra layer of prestige and competitiveness.

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Looking at the call-ups, the influence of Major League Soccer (MLS) is notable. Players of various nationalities who play in the North American league have been called up to represent their national teams, reinforcing the global impact of the MLS. Messi, the Argentine star, is just the tip of the iceberg. Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese from Orlando City, Chilean forward Diego Rubio from Austin FC, and Ecuadorian midfielder Carlos Gruezo from San Jose Earthquakes exemplify the diversity and quality present in the league.

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The participation of MLS players also underscores the evolution of soccer in the United States. Once seen as a secondary sport, soccer has grown exponentially in popularity and investment. The presence of international talents in the league reflects the attractiveness and growing competitiveness of American soccer, which now serves as a springboard for international excellence.

On the other hand, it's interesting to note that traditional teams like Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia did not call up MLS players. This can be interpreted in various ways: a strategy of focusing on players in more competitive leagues or simply a circumstantial coincidence. Regardless, the absence of these players does not diminish the anticipation and excitement surrounding the tournament.

Hosting the Copa América in the United States brings significant economic impact. Major sporting events boost tourism, create temporary jobs, and stimulate the local economy. The United States, with its top-notch infrastructure and experience in hosting large-scale events, is more than prepared to ensure an unforgettable experience both inside and outside the stadiums.

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See all the players in the MLS called up for the 2024 Copa América


  • Messi (Inter Miami)


  • Pedro Gallese (Orlando City)
  • Luis Abram (Atlanta United)
  • Miguel Araujo (Portland Timbers)
  • Wilder Cartagena (Orlando City)


  • Diego Rubio (Austin FC)
  • Felipe Mora (Portland Timbers)


  • Did not call up MLS players.


  • Moïse Bombito (Colorado Rapids)
  • Tani Oluwaseyi (Minnesota United)
  • Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United)
  • Mathieu Choinière (CF Montreal)
  • Samuel Piette (CF Montreal)
  • Jacob Shaffelburg (Nashville SC)
  • Maxime Crépeau (Portland Timbers)
  • Kamal Miller (Portland Timbers)
  • Kyle Hiebert (St. Louis CITY)
  • Richie Laryea (Toronto FC)
  • Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC)


  • Carlos Gruezo (San Jose Earthquakes)


  • Daniel Pereira (Austin FC)
  • Jesús Bueno (Philadelphia Union)
  • José Andrés Martínez (Philadelphia Union)
  • Josef Martínez (CF Montréal)


  • Tayvon Gray (New York City FC)
  • Damion Lowe (Philadelphia Union)

United States

  • Sean Johnson (Toronto FC)
  • Shaq Moore (Nashville SC)
  • Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati)


  • Cristian Olivera (LAFC)
  • César Araújo (Orlando City)
  • Facundo Torres (Orlando City)


  • Coco Carrasquilla (Houston Dynamo)
  • Carlos Harvey (Minnesota United)
  • Aníbal Godoy (Nashville SC)


  • Jamir Berdecio (Philadelphia Union)


  • Did not call up MLS players.


  • Did not call up MLS players.


  • Carlos Coronel (NY Red Bulls)
  • Andrés Cubas (Vancouver Whitecaps)
  • Matías Rojas (Inter Miami)

Costa Rica

  • Julio Cascante (Austin FC)
  • Alejandro Bran (Minnesota United)
  • Ariel Lassiter (CF Montreal)