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Strength of MLS can put Canada on the world stage

The strength of Major League Soccer is evident as teams from North and Central America have performed so well at the World Cup. After a 24-year absence from the world stage, the Canada national team is now hoping this rubs off on them so they can return to being a presence in world football.

With two Canadian teams already in MLS and plans for a third and fourth, Toronto FC and Canada midfielder Dwayne De Rosario believes the future is bright.

"Look at the starting lineups (of the North and Central America teams), many of them play in MLS or have played in MLS," Rosario told sportsnet.ca. It is a testament to how far this league has come.

"The two extra teams (Vancouver and Montreal) - and maybe a third or fourth - will create opportunity for young Canadian kids and prepare them for the senior team. We saw it with the US and even Honduras, who had a lot of MLS players.

"It reflects well that two of the CONCACAF countries (Mexico and USA) made it to the knockout round," De Rosario added.

"Even Honduras being there after a long layoff (Italy 1982) played decent, they didn't get embarrassed and deserved to be there. We had two of those teams in our group in qualifying and we know we have a lot of work to do here in Canada and hopefully we get it right next time out."

Andrew Slevison
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