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LAFC’s Andre Horta called up by Portugal for Euro U-21 qualifying playoff vs. Poland

Designated Player will look to help his country reach tournament.

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A third Los Angeles Football Club player has been called up by his country, as Andre Horta is in the Portugal U-21 squad for the upcoming U-21 Euro qualifying playoff series against Poland.

The U-21 Euros will be taking place in June 2019 in northern Italy and San Marino. 10 of the qualified nations are set, with two slots left, and Portugal and Poland will be battling for one of them in a home-and-away playoff, after they finished among the top four second-place teams in their respective groups in qualifying.

The first leg will be Nov. 16 in Zabrze, Poland, and the return leg will be Nov. 20 in Chaves, Portugal. If Portugal win the series, they are in the 2019 U-21 Euros.

Horta has been an intermittent presence for the Portuguese U-21s, so he may or may not play a pivotal role in one or both games. Still, if he were able to get some playing time, play well, and help lead Portugal to the Euros, that could only help his prospects in continuing his adjustment to MLS and LAFC next year.

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