MLS has made its contribution to the World Cup
Whitecaps midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. (WHITECAPS FC FILE PHOTO)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC gets back into action next Wednesday after a slight hiatus due to the World Cup and, after seeing some spectacular displays in Brazil, the ‘Caps may have a lot to live up to.
There will no doubt be comparisons to what we’re seeing in Brazil, with world-class players, amazing goals and edge of your seat results. Unfortunately for the Whitecaps, it’s a slightly unfair comparison.
At the World Cup, people get to see some of the world’s best players performing against equal competition, on the grandest of scales. Surprisingly, some of those players currently in the World Cup found their way to the greatest showcase on earth through North America, while others currently ply their trade in MLS.
Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Vedad Ibisevic has gone down in history as the scorer of Bosnia's first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup in a losing effort to Argentina. The 29-year-old began his career in the USL Premier Development League with both the St. Louis Strikers and Chicago Fire Premier. It’s highly doubtful that anyone thought he’d be a World Cup record setter ten years ago.
The Honduras squad boasts current and former MLSers in Carlo Costly, Andy Najar, Victor Bernardez and Jerry Bengtson, among others.
Toronto FC could have a World Cup winner in goal for them if Julio Cesar and Brazil win the tournament on July 13th.
Tim Cahill, arguably one of best players to ever don an Australian jersey, plays for New York Red Bulls.
We may not get to see the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on a regular basis; but there is a chance that we may see players grow within MLS before they take on the world.
Yes, it’s not the World Cup, but like many Whitecaps matches before, they’re always edge of your seat, exciting and fun. Don’ be a hater.
Tyler hosts SOCCER TALK on AM650 Radio, heard Saturday nights at 10 p.m. to midnight. Follow Tyler online at www.tylergreen.org and on twitter @tylergreenFC.