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Mark Anthony-Kaye and Dejan Jakovic called up to Canadian national team

LAFC duo to face New Zealand on March 24.

Jamaica v Canada: Quarterfinal - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Dejan Jakovic #5 of Canada brings the ball up field while being defended by Romario Williams #22 of Jamaica during the first half in a quarterfinal match during the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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During the upcoming international break, a pair of Los Angeles Football Club players will represent their national team.

On Monday, new Canadian men’s national team coach John Herdman called up Mark Anthony-Kaye and Dejan Jakovic for an upcoming international friendly against New Zealand on March 24. Players will take part in a one-week camp in Murcia, Spain beginning next week.

“This match provides a great opportunity to be face to face with members of the Men’s National Team Program and establish the foundations and relationships that will align Canada’s Men’s National Team Program towards a goal of consistent winning performances,” said Herdman, on the national team website. “The players believe that we can do this and that with the right plan we can deliver. Our players are looking forward to making that commitment and pushing themselves to levels that they have never reached before.”

Jakovic returns to the national team with 37 caps, his last coming in a 1-0 loss to El Salvador in October 2017. He has scored once — in a 4-2 win at French Guiana on July 8, 2017.

Kaye will be looking for his sixth cap. He last started in the loss to El Salvador — just his second start for the national team.

Fellow MLS’ers Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Michael Petrasso (Montreal Impact), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Raheem Edwards (Montreal Impact), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (Montreal Impact) and Tosaint Ricketts (Toronto FC) will join Kaye and Jakovic on the roster. Former Orlando City SC standout and current Besiktas forward Cyle Larin was also called up.

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