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Ranking the top MLS players in the World Cup (15 items)

By and , Deseret News

July 4, 2014

The 2014 World Cup was a fantastic one for Major League Soccer. Twenty-two players made World Cup rosters — up from just six in 2008. They have not disappointed. Many — including RSL's Kyle Beckerman — showed the world that MLS is a league on the rise.

Whose stock went up? Who struggled?

We ranked the 15 players who have played during group play and Round of 16 in Brazil.

1 of 15. 15. Brad Davis, M, U.S., Houston Dynamo

Davis is the machine that makes the Dynamo go and Houston fans sing Let's Go Dynamo. But he played in just one match (60 minutes against Germany) and didn't make much of an impact.

2 of 15. 14. Marvin Chavez, M, Honduras, Houston Dynamo

Marvin Chavez didn’t do too much for Honduras, playing in only two of the three group stage games. Chavez was a bulldog in the midfield at points, but he did little to make an impact at the World Cup.

3 of 15. 13. Boniek Garcia, M, Honduras, Houston Dynamo

Named after legendary Polish striker Zbigniew Boniek, the midfielder didn't score any goals in the World Cup. But he did play 204 minutes in Honduras' three games, completing 71.1 percent of his passes and picking up one yellow card.

4 of 15. 12. Graham Zusi, M, U.S., Sporting KC

Like Beckerman, Zusi was highly reliable for the United States. His streaking runs up the wings and crosses into the box were much of the offensive production that USA produced. For a team that didn’t get off the ground offensively, Zusi did provide some successful balls into the box and kept the pressure on the USA’s opponents.

5 of 15. 11. Victor Bernardez, D, Honduras, San Jose Earthquakes

Bernardez is well known to RSL fans after his two goals ruined 3-1 RSL's halftime lead in the second match of the 2014 season. He was also a game-changer for Honduras in the World Cup — just not the way he wanted. He went down with a non-contact leg injury in the team's opening game against France. He recovered to play in the next two matches, but Los Catrachos went 0-3.