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LAFC forward Marco Ureña called up to Costa Rica’s provisional World Cup roster

The striker makes the initial cut, as expected.

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Monday was a busy day for prospective World Cup-bound Los Angeles Football Club players, as Marco Ureña was named to Costa Rica’s provisional 2018 World Cup roster, as expected.

The 28-year-old has been a key player for both club and country, and is expected to make the final 23-man roster for the World Cup in Russia. As constituted, Oscar Ramirez’s roster is already set, barring injury or personal issue for any of the 23.

Ureña, of course, has been suffering from an injury, as he’s recuperating from surgery after breaking his face in LAFC’s home opener on April 29 against the Seattle Sounders. But as long as he heals, he’s expected to be going to the World Cup, and likely to play, too.

This means he’s likely to miss LAFC’s games through at least June 23, possibly longer. For now, that’s five league games, the friendly against Borussia Dortmund (that one’s not a big deal), and depending on how they do, one or more U.S. Open Cup games, potentially.

Still, it’s a huge honor for every player to get the call for the World Cup. Congratulations to Marco, and best of luck in getting on that plane to Russia.

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