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LAFC’s Carlos Vela, Walker Zimmerman complete international duty

Both earn starting roles and return for Friday’s friendly.

Soccer: Mexico vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Football Club defender Walker Zimmerman and forward Carlos Vela both earned international caps during a short break last week, coincidentally against the same opponent.

Zimmerman started and played all 90 minutes of the U.S. Men’s National Team 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Zimmerman conceded a penalty during the game, but got a stroke of luck as the resulting spot kick did not go in the net, thereby preserving the clean sheet.

A few days later, Vela started and played a full 90 minutes in Mexico’s 1-0 win over Bosnia in San Antonio.

Vela picked up the captain’s armband in the second half after Giovani Dos Santos was substituted. El Tri scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute when Hugo Ayala connected with a header from Jonathon Dos Santos’ corner set piece to give Mexico a 1-0 lead.

El Tri maintained pace and gained an additional advantage as Bosnia and Herzegovina went down to 10 men in the 84th minute when Almir Belic drew his second yellow card with a foul on Vela.

Both Vela and Zimmerman have rejoined LAFC in preparations for Friday’s preseason friendly with Toronto FC.

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