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In soccer, players are often torn between club and country
In soccer, players are often torn between club and country

Had it been the Major League Baseball postseason, rather than the Major League Soccer playoffs, it would have been unthinkable that any star would risk injury to play for free with his national team, right? Imagine the howls of protest in Kansas City this year if Royals outfielder Nori Aoki used the time off before the American League Championship Series to fly home for a game in his native Japan. Or if catcher Salvador Perez had spent the break with the Venezuelan national team. Yet it happens in soccer all the time. This weekend, with the MLS playoffs paused for FIFA's final international break of the year, 11 players from the four postseason clubs flew off to play for their...

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