Lest we forget that U.S. soccer players aren’t the only MLS men set to be affected by the coming World Cup 2014 qualifiers, here’s a little reminder:
The Portland Timbers will lose goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and forward Ryan Johnson for a few days as they represent Jamaica’s national team in final stage CONCACAF qualifying. The Jamaicans travel to Mexico to face El Tri on Tuesday at Estadio Azteca.
Ricketts (pictured), 35, has already been capped 89 times for his country. This is his fourth qualifying cycle, having first began assisting his country’s reach for World Cup entry before the 2002 tournament in Asia.
Former New York Red Bull and Vancouver Whitecaps winger Dane Richards has also been named to the Jamaican squad. Richards recently joined Burnley in England’s second tier.
Real Salt Lake will lose DP striker Alvaro Saborio over the same approximate period as the Costa Rican international leads his country Tuesday at Panama. On the other side will be FC Dallas’ Blas Perez.
U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to name his roster on Sunday.