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LAFC captain Laurent Ciman called up to Belgium’s World Cup roster

Veteran receives his second World Cup selection.

MLS: Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles FC Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

And then there were five, as Los Angeles Football Club captain Laurent Ciman was named to Belgium’s World Cup roster on Monday.

Ciman, 32, is on track to go to his second World Cup. While he did not play in Brazil 2014, Ciman’s veteran presence has been his ticket to the Belgium roster in recent years, and he could finally get his chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament in Russia this summer.

Ciman, who has started every LAFC game to date and serves as team captain, could miss six games or more for his club side, depending on if he makes the final roster, how deep Belgium get in the tournament, and whether LAFC wins in the U.S. Open Cup while he is away.

Ciman’s call-up means LAFC have five players in contention for World Cup berths, the most of any team in MLS. And while LAFC are sure to miss the players while they’re away, most of whom have been regular starters, it’s also a pretty cool accomplishment to see so many players get the call for the World Cup.

Congratulations and best of luck to Ciman, and please come back healthy.

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