MLS stars impressing at World Cup -

MLS stars impressing at World Cup

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- Tim Cahill, whose perfectly timed volley tied underdog Australia’s game against the Netherlands, is one of a record 22 Major League Soccer players in the World Cup.

That’s well below the 119 that play in England, according to the European Club Association, but up big from the six in the 2010 tournament.

MLS had 19 players at the 1998 World Cup.

Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders scored 30 seconds in for the U.S. in its opener Monday, and Brazil goalie Julio Cesar of Toronto FC had several big saves in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Mexico.

The 22 includes the recent signing of Spain’s David Villa by expansion New York City FC.

Cahill, who plays for the New York Red Bulls, scored once against the Netherlands on Wednesday. He won’t be available in Australia’s final group stage match against Spain after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament in the match.

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