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4 players to look out for at the Gold Cup

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Who are the MLS players to watch?

July 7, 2017 By Michelle Bonsu
The Gold Cup is underway, and MLS will be more than adequately represented, with nearly 50 players in the tournament plying their trades with America's top league. takes a look at four players to look out for this summer.

It seems like every summer, there's at least a few international tournaments to keep fans glued to their TV sets, and this summer is no exception.

The Confederations Cup might already be done and dusted, with Germany walking away with their first-ever trophy, but there will be no shortage of international football, with the Gold Cup set to kick off later today.

Reigning champs Mexico are seeking to successfully defend their title, but the USA, who as usual are serving as hosts of the biannual event, will certainly be loath to allow their rivals to celebrate yet another triumph on their home soil.

With 12 nations, players are coming from all over the world, but there's one league that is highly represented: MLS.

Here's an interesting infographic to illustrate how many MLS players will be featuring for their respective nations at the 2017 Gold Cup:

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As expected, the USMNT leads the way with a whopping 16 out of their 23-man roster featuring in MLS. The Stars and Stripes are closely followed by Canada, with nine and Jamaica, includng goalkeeper Andre Blake, who features for the Philadelphia Union, with eight.

Let's now have a look at five MLS-based players who could have a huge impact at this summer's Gold Cup.

Dom Dwyer - USA, Sporting Kansas City

The English-born forward hasn't had it easy in his path to becoming a professional player. After breaking his foot three - yes, three! - times, he was written off in his native country as not having what it took to play football at the highest level.

That didn't stop him, however. Dwyer opted to move to the US and played in university before being drafted by Sporting Kansas City in 2012. And it's been onwards and upwards since. This past week, the 26-year-old achieved the ultimate American dream in sports - he scored on his debut in a 2-1 friendly win versus Ghana.

Interestingly enough, he's written his name in the history books, alongside wife Sydney Leroux. They are the first ever husband-and-wife pairing to both score for the USA, albeit he has quite a ways to go to catch his spouse.

Dwyer celebrates after scoring his first ever goal for the USA against Ghana last weekend

Kellyn Acosta - USA, FC Dallas

Not to be outdone by his international teammate, Kellyn Acosta also grabbed himself a first-ever goal in the 2-1 win over the Black Stars.

Whilst it wasn't on his debut - he made his back in 2016 - it was nonetheless still a great effort from the FC Dallas player, who can play as both a midfielder and a defender.

Have a look:

Alphonso Davies - Canada, Vancouver Whitecaps

Ghanaian-born Alphonso Davies may only be 16 years old, but he certainly doesn't play like a teenager. After earning Canadian citizenship recently, he made his senior national team debut last month, and to date, the Vancouver Whitecaps winger is the first player born in the 2000s to feature in a MLS game and is the youngest ever player to play for the Canadian senior team.

Over in Italy, fans have seen Juve's Moise Kean and Genoa's Pietro Pellegri both make history for players born in the new millennium, and in 2016, Davies became the second youngest player to make his debut on the other side of the pond.

The youngest? Another Ghanaian-born player by the name of Freddy Adu, who famously became a US citizen and featured for the senior team from 2006-2011. However, fans will be hoping that Davies will avoid the same pitfalls that Adu suffered, who became a nomad after leaving MLS to try his luck in Europe.

Making history: Davies comes on for his debut for Canada last month

Alberth Elis - Honduras, Houston Dynamo

Bafétimbi Gomis isn't the only one who has the whole "score a goal and then crawl" celebration down pat. 

Houston Dynamo's Alberth Elis isn't so bad at that unique celebration, either. The 21-year-old, who hails from Honduras, played a role in the team finishing fourth at last summer's Olympics and will be making his first ever Gold Cup appearance.

So far for the Dynamo, Elis has been a standout player thanks to his pace, trickery, and power. He's racked up six goals and three assists for the team, and here are some his highlights that will surely give defenders quite a bit of headaches if he's on his game at this tournament:

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