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In a continuing trend across Major League Soccer, the League’s diversity – as determined by birthplace – continues to grow in 2019 with an MLS-record 73 countries being represented, the most of any professional soccer league in the world and more than any sports league in North America.

MLS grows more diverse with youngest class of newcomers in League history -

A total of eight countries are represented on Columbus Crew SC's roster, including three countries (excluding the U.S.) with at least two representatives, led by Ghana (4), Argentina (3), and Brazil (2).

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MLS grows more diverse with youngest class of newcomers in League history -

This season, MLS features a record number of players from Argentina (30) and Brazil (20), while Columbus’ four Ghanaian players account for over 25 percent of League’s Ghanaian contingent.




League (Year)Total # of PlayersPlayers Born Abroad (% born outside U.S./Canada)Countries RepresentedAverage Age of All Players (in years)
MLS (2019)655329 (49.77%)7325.33
MLB (2018)1379381 (27.6%)2828.7
NHL (2017-18)985270 (27.4%)2327.19
NBA (2017-18)540103 (19.0%)4926.85
NFL (2018)202052 (2.6%)2526.73
Countries Represented by Birthplace
MLS73
English Premier League67
Ligue 159
La Liga57
Bundesliga56
Serie A54
Liga MX19



Additionally, MLS welcomes the youngest class of newcomers in League history, as the 84 newcomers to the League (counting players with previous professional experience signed from international leagues and non-MLS affiliated USL clubs) maintain an average age of 24.98 years old. Overall, Columbus’ average age stands at 26 years old.

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