Just about every Hispanic South American country and Central American nation and Mexico are represented in Major League Soccer as the 19-team league opens its 17th season this weekend.

A total of 78 players from Hispanic countries are on the teams' rosters.

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela are among the South America countries. There are no Bolivian, Paraguayan and Peruvian players on the rosters, but is a long season that runs through October (Brazil is not considered a Hispanic nation).

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama represent the Central American contingent, and Cuba is from the Caribbean.

Here is a breakdown of the MLS clubs (in alphabetical order):

Chicago Fire (six)

Sebastian Grazzini (Argentina), midfielder
Marco Pappa (Guatemala), midfielder
Pavel Pardo (Mexico), midfielder
Federico Puppo (Uruguay), forward
Rafael Robayo (Colombia), midfielder
Gonzalo Segares (Costa Rica), defender

Chivas USA (six)

Juan Pablo Angel (Colombia), forward
Miller Bolanos (Ecuador), midfielder
Marvin Iraheta (El Salvador), midfielder
Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela), forward
Oswaldo Minda (Ecuador), midfielder
John Valenica (Colombia), defender

Colorado Rapids (three)

Jaime Castrillon (Colombia), midfielder
Martin Rivero (Argentina), midfielder
Luis Zapata (Colombia), defender

Columbus Crew (five)

Bernardo Anor (Venezuela), midfielder
Sebastian Miranda (Chile), defender
Milovan Mirosevic (Chile), forward/midfielder
Emilio Renteria (Venezuela), forward
Olman Vargas (Costa Rica), forward

D.C. United (two)

Emiliano Dudar (Argentina), defender
Andy Najar (Honduras), midfielder

FC Dallas (seven)

Jair Benitez (Colombia), defender
Fabian Castillo (Colombia), forward
David Ferreira (Colombia), midfielder/forward
Bryan Leyva (Mexico), midfielder
Blas Perez (Panama), forward
Hernan Pertuz (Colombia), defender
Carlos Rodriguez (Panama), defender
Houston Dynamo (none)

LA Galaxy (one)

Paolo Cardozo (Uruguay), midfielder

Montreal Impact  (four)

Glenir Garcia (Mexico), defender
Miguel Montano (Colombia), forward
Nelson Rivas (Colombia), defender
Eduardo Sebrango (Cuba), forward

New England Revolution (three)

Fernando Cardenas (Colombia), forward
Diego Fagundez (Uruguay), forward
John Lazano (Colombia), defender

New York Red Bulls (three)

Wilman Conde (Colombia), defender
Rafa Marquez (Mexico), midfielder/defender
Roy Miller (Costa Rica), defender

Philadelphia Union (six)

Gabriel Gomez (Panama), midfielder
Porfirio Lopez (Costa Rica), defender
Joshue Martinez (Costa Rica), forward
Lionard Pajoy (Colombia), forward
Roger Torres (Colombia), midfielder
Carlos Valdes (Colombia), defender

Portland Timbers (six)

Diego Chara (Colombia), midfielder
Hanyer Mosquera (Colombia), defender
Jorge Perlaza (Colombia), forward
EnSteve Purdy (El Salvador), defender
Jose Adolfo Valencia (Colombia), forward
Rodney Wallace (Costa Rica), defender/midfielder

Real Salt Lake (10)

Yordany Alvarez (Cuba), midfielder
Emiliano Bonfigli (Argentina), forward
Leone Cruz (USA/Mexico), defender
Fabian Espindola (Argentina), forward
Eduardo Fernandez (Mexico), goalkeeper
Enzo Martinez (Uruguay), midfielder
Javier Morales (Argentina), midfielder
Jamison Olave (Colombia), defender
Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), forward
Sebastian Velasquez (Colombia), midfielder

San Jose Earthquakes (four)

Rafael Baca (Mexico), midfielder
Victor Bernardez (Honduras), defender
Marvin Chavez (Honduras), midfielder
Tressor Moreno (Colombia), midfielder

Seattle Sounders (seven)

Osvaldo Alonso (Cuba), midfielder
Servando Carrasco (Mexico), midfielder
Alvaro Fernandez (Uruguay), midfielder
Leonardo Gonzalez (Costa Rica), defender
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Colombia), defender
Fredy Montero (Colombia), forward
Mauro Rosales (Argentina), midfielder

Sporting Kansas City (one)

Roger Espinoza (Honduras), midfielder

Toronto FC (three)

Miguel Aceval (Chile), defender/midfielder
Geovanny Caicedo (Ecuador), defender
Joao Plata (Ecuador), forward

Vancouver Whitecaps (one)

Martin Bonjour (Argentina), defender

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Michael Lewis, who has covered international soccer for more than three decades, can be reached at SoccerWriter516@aol.com.

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