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LAFC international round-up: Marcos Ureña scores winner for Costa Rica

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The March FIFA break is here, and here’s the latest on Los Angeles Football Club players involved in their countries’ proceedings (we’ll keep this story updated as new information comes in).


Marcos Ureña

The Costa Rican got his international break off to a flying start, scoring the winner in Friday’s 1-0 friendly win over Scotland.

Ureña tallied in the 14th minute, playing 69 minutes at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Costa Rica will have another friendly, on Tuesday against Tunisia.


Carlos Vela

LAFC’s marquee player came off the bench in the 59th minute for Mexico, taking the captain’s armband from the player he replaced, Andres Guardado, as El Tri played a 3-0 win over Iceland at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday. He wasn’t involved in the goals, which were scored by Marco Fabian and Miguel Layun (x2), and the game got very chippy in the final minutes, as Layun got into a few confrontations and scored his second goal in injury time. Still, looks like Vela didn’t get hurt, so mission accomplished.

Mexico will next face Croatia in another U.S. friendly next week.


Dejan Jakovic

The center back started in John Herdman’s first game in charge of the Canadian Men’s National Team on Saturday, notching the assist for Tosaint Ricketts’ goal in a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Murcia, Spain.

Jakovic played 59 minutes in the victory. This guy is really making the most of his playing time this month.


Mark-Anthony Kaye

Speaking of making the most of your playing time, LAFC’s midfielder started and played the first half for Canada in the 1-0 win over New Zealand. It appears his departure at the half was due to Herdman looking at his options in a first friendly than any indictment on his play or injury.


Omar Gaber

Gaber was not in the matchday squad in Egypt’s 2-1 loss to Portugal on Friday. It appears he got the call for Egyptian National Team staff to take a look at him as he recovers from the groin injury that has sidelined him for the start of LAFC’s season. Egypt also face Greece on Tuesday, so perhaps if he’s fit he could get in on the action.


Shaft Brewer, Jr.

The newest member of LAFC played for the U.S. U-20s on Friday, as they defeated France’s U-21s 1-0 in a friendly in Spain. Brewer started and played 86 minutes, before giving way to Frankie Amaya, who scored the game’s lone goal in the 90th minute.

It was the second game between the teams in three days, with Brewer coming off the bench to play 25 minutes in the first game, a 2-0 win for France. The U.S. U-20s next take on Atletico Madrid’s U-21 side in another friendly in Spain before heading home.

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