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The 16 MLS players going to Copa America

After relocation dilemmas, the 2021 Copa America is finally set to kick off this weekend in Brazil.

The 47th edition of the tournament will see 10 South American and CONMEBOL countries face each other from June 13 to July 10.

Copa America was originally scheduled to play in 2020, but officials delayed the tournament a year due to Covid-19. The pandemic also forced co-host nations Colombia and Argentina to relinquish their titles to Brazil amid concerns of high transmission rates. A supreme court ruled Brazil fit to host the tournament after similar concerns over their handling of the pandemic.

Brazil is joined in Group B by Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, while Group A is formed by Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The final is set for July 10 at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Major League Soccer players will be in high attendance as 16 athletes from 12 different clubs take their place in one of world football’s most prestigious tournaments. Here is a guide to the MLS players involved at Copa America 2021.

1. Atlanta United

Josef Martinez
Josef Martinez playing for Atlanta United against Seattle Sounders FC / Steph Chambers/Getty Images
  • Ronald Hernandez (DEF) – Venezuela
  • Josef Martinez (FWD) – Venezuela

2. Chicago Fire FC

Gaston Gimenez
Gaston Gimenez playing for Chicago Fire against the New England Revolution / Robin Alam/ISI Photos/Getty Images
  • Gaston Gimenez (MID) – Paraguay

3. D.C. United

DC United v New England Revolution
Junior Moreno playing for DC United against the New England Revolution / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/Getty Images
  • Junior Moreno (MID) – Venezuela

4. Los Angeles FC

Brian Rodriguez
Brian Rodriguez playing for Los Angeles FC against Seattle Sounders / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
  • Diego Palacios (DEF) – Ecuador
  • Brian Rodriguez (FWD) – Uruguay

5. Nashville SC

Jhonder Cadiz
Jhonder Cadiz playing for Nashville SC against Austin FC / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
  • Jhonder Cadiz (FWD) – Venezuela

6. New York City FC

Alexander Callens
Alexander Callens playing for New York City FC against D.C. United / Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images
  • Alexander Callens (DEF) – Peru

7. New York Red Bulls

Cristian Casseres Jr
Cristian Casseres Jr playing for New York Red Bulls against Los Angeles Galaxy / Meg Oliphant/Getty Images
  • Cristian Casseres Jr. (MID) – Venezuela

8. Philadelphia Union

Jose Andres Martinez
Jose Martinez playing for Philadelphia Union against the New England Revolution / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
  • Jose Martinez (MID) – Venezuela

9. Orlando City SC

Jhegson Sebastian Mendez
Sebastian Mendez playing for Orlando City SC against Sporting Kansas City / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/Getty Images
  • Pedro Gallese (GK) – Peru
  • Sebastian Mendez (MID) – Ecuador

10. Portland Timbers

Felipe Mora
Felipe Mora playing for the Portland Timbers against Seattle Sounders FC / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
  • Yimmi Chara (FWD) – Colombia
  • Felipe Mora (FWD) – Chile

11. San Jose Earthquakes

Marcos Lopez
Marcos Lopez playing for San Jose Earthquakes against Sporting Kansas City / Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/Getty Images
  • Marcos Lopez (DEF) – Peru

12. Seattle Sounders FC

Xavier Arreaga
Xavier Arreaga playing for Seattle Sounders FC against Los Angeles Football Club / Abbie Parr/Getty Images
  • Xavier Arreaga (DEF) – Ecuador

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