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2014 World Cup: Liga MX Players Named to South American Squads

Liga MX represented in South American WC squads

Photo Courtesy of the Official Seleccion de Ecuador Twitter Account

If Europe is without question the main destination for South American players to go abroad and play soccer, then Mexico is the next most popular destination for South American players who move abroad and play.

Whether it be players who need some polishing off before making the jump to Europe, players good enough to move abroad but not quite good enough to play in one of Europe’s top leagues, Liga MX is a league that has been welcoming of South American talent. As the vast majority of the 32 countries participating in the 2014 World Cup released their provisional 23-30 man squads last Tuesday, a number of South American players who ply their trade in the Liga MX found themselves named in those respective squads.

While a high number of Argentinians play for various Liga MX teams, the chances that a Liga MX based Argentinean player gets named to play so much as a friendly game for Argentina is near impossible. Yet as Alejandro Sabella named his provisional 30 man squad, CF Monterrey defender Jose Maria Basanta found himself apart of the provisional squad. While the inclusion of the 30 year-o;d might come as a surprise, the fact is he has been a consistent name in all squad selections since the beginning of 2013. Therefore it would be no surprise to see Basanta in the final 23-man Argentina squad headed to Brazil.

The Argentinian National Team rarely features a player who plays in the Liga MX, but Chile‘s squads in the past have relied on several Liga MX players. CF Monterrey forward Humberto Suazo missed on being named to the provisional list. Howeer, Atlas midfielder Rodrigo Millar finds himself named as part of the provisional Chile squad.

In the last 15-20 years, Colombian players have been a mainstay on several Liga MX teams and the Colombia National Team. The provisional squad list named by Colombia coach Jose Pekerman features three Liga MX based players with Club America defender Aquivaldo Mosquera, Cruz Azul defender Luis Perea, and Monarcas Morelia midfielder Aldo Ramirez all named to the provisional squad.

While having three players from a league that isn’t a European league or the domestic league for a South American team is impressive, none of them take the cake to Ecuador who have seven Liga MX based players in the provisional squad. The play of attacking midfielder Michael Arroyo who despite playing for relegated Atlante has seen his fine play rewarded with a call up to the provisional squad named by Reinaldo Rueda. In addition to Arroyo, Club Tijuana teammates Fidel Martinez and Jaimen Ayovi found a spot on the provisional squad. These three players are not far from being virtual locks to be named to the final 23-man squad. While their spots are still somewhat up in the air, the same cannot be said of Cruz Azul Joao Rojas and Monarcas Morelia attacking midfielder Jefferson Montero.

While Clausura 2014 finalists Pachuca have been lead by a core group of academy players who have “graduated” into the first team, they have been supported by two players who were named in Ecuador’s provisional squad. These two players are holding defensive midfielder Walter Ayovi and forward Enner Valencia.

It goes without saying that Liga MX fans will be able to watch the World Cup and recognize several familiar faces of players who play in the league representing a South American side in the tournament.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Liga MX and Mexican National Team writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan.

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