D.C. United boasts international roster in United States’ most diverse professional sports league

The Black-and-Red is represented by 12 different nations

Carlos Ruiz vs Real Salt Lake

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Yesterday, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that the League fields the most diverse group of athletes – spanning 61 different countries – in major professional sports. Additionally, 40.1% of MLS players were born outside of the U.S. or Canada, with its closest competitor, Major League Baseball, trailing at 25.7%.

Among all teams in MLS, D.C. United is near the top of the pack, with 12 total birth countries represented on its roster, a joint fourth-highest mark in the League.

Seattle Sounders FC: 14
New York Red Bulls: 14
Portland Timbers: 13
D.C. United: 12
Montreal Impact: 12
Toronto FC: 12
Real Salt Lake: 11
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 11
Colorado Rapids: 10
Columbus Crew: 10
Sporting Kansas City: 10
Chicago Fire: 9
New England Revolution: 9
Chivas USA: 8
FC Dallas: 8
Philadelphia Union: 8
San Jose Earthquakes: 8
Houston Dynamo: 6
LA Galaxy: 4