If you ask me, there is a real bias against Major League Soccer in Colombia. Some wonderful players from that country earn their money here, and yet the international call-ups seem hard to come by for some of them.
Fredy Montero, Seattle’s talented forward, has just four appearances for the full international side? That seems odd.
Real Salt Lake’s Jamison Olave, one of the league’s top center backs over the last few years, doesn’t have a single cap? That seems ridiculous.
FC Dallas creator David Ferreira, the best player in MLS in 2010, last appeared for Colombia in 2008? Are you kidding?
So, it’s nice to see the Philadelphia Union’s Carlos Valdes gain a little validation for MLS. He has appeared in the last two World Cup qualifiers for Colombia, which finds itself in a strong position about halfway through South American qualifying for Brazil 2014. The Colombians are in third place with a game in hand on everyone around them.
In the piece linked above, Valdes and Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth talk about the challenges of dealing with South American qualifying, but the pride factor both feel for the All-Star center back’s involvement.
Colombia was a staple of World Cup fields through the 1990s but has not qualified since France ’98.