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Plenty of MLS players will get international duty before the season opens

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The MLS web site put together a list of players confirmed to have been called up for their countries for the upcoming FIFA fixture dates.

While the US and Mexico lists are yet to be finalized, there’s plenty of MLS players in the mix for country. Our own Steve Davis will let you know the implications of the increasing role of top-notch internationals in MLS play a bit later, but we’ll start with the basics here.

Tim Cahill is heading back to England, where the former Everton man will suit up for Australia in a fixture with Ecuador in London. Meanwhile, the English capital will play host to England and Denmark on the same date with Toronto FC’s Jermain Defoe getting a country call.

Freak goalkeeper and No. 1 overall pick Andre Blake will be leaving Philadelphia to join five other MLS players in Jamaica camp for matches against Barbados and St. Lucia. Also in the fray will be Alvas Powerll of Portland, Michael Seaton of DC, Darren Mattocks of Vancouver, Deshorn Brown of Colorado and JeVaughn Watson of Dallas.

The Whitecaps will have Steve Beitashour suiting up for Iran as they host Guinea, while Soony Saad (KC) will be with Lebanon for its match against Thailand in a Group B Asian Cup qualifier.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar will leave his loan stop in Toronto for Brazil’s match in Johannesburg against South Africa, while Columbus has a pair of Costa Rican players among four MLS products leading their nation into a date against Paraguay. Giancarlo Gonzalez and Waylon Francis join New York’s Roy Miller and Real Salt Lake’s Alvaro Saborio in San Jose.

Honduras matches up with Venezuela with Jerry Bengtson (New England), Victor Bernardez (San Jose), Martin Chavez (Colorad0) and Boniek Garcia (Houston) getting nods from the blue and white.

Players born after launch of MLS now signing with MLS

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It seems like just the other day we were writing about the first group of MLS talent who grew up watching the league.

These were boys who were 8- or 10- or perhaps 12-years old when the league kicked the first Mitre ball back in 1996. We’re talking about a guy like Colorado’s Drew Moor, who attended the very first FC Dallas match and was old enough at the time to remember it today and talk about it now.

Well we’re sure past that now.

Credit Soccer America for this smart bit of reporting (along with apologies if someone else pointed this out first):

When D.C. United signed Michael Seaton, the event created a wee little bit of history. He is the first player signed who was born post-MLS launch; the Jamaican-born striker is 16, set to turn 17 in May.

Seaton, by the way, is D.C. United’s fifth home grown signing.