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MLS players at World Cup lifted profile of league - Courtemanche

MLS vice-president Dan Courtemanche believes having a high number of players present at the World Cup helped increase the worldwide perception of the competition.

The USA and Canada's top league saw around 30 players from eight countries named to World Cup squads (final 23 and provisional lists) for Brazil 2014 and Courtemanche believes it, and the fact the US team performed well, did wonders for the state of MLS.

"We're fortunate that the US team captured the hearts and the imagination of an entire nation," he told the BBC.

"We're also fortunate that MLS had players from eight different nations down there in Brazil.

"It really raised the profile of our league and brought it into the mainstream Americana culture like nothing we'd ever seen before.

"We believe the World Cup will come back to the US at some point. Wouldn't it be great to have it here in 2026, if not 2030?"

Players including New York Red Bulls ace Tim Cahill (Australia), Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), Seattle Sounders' star Clint Dempsey and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (both USA) were among the MLS-ers who featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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