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LAFC’s Kaye, Zimmerman called up for Canada-USMNT Nations League clash

Teammates could face off in new competition.

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Two players from Los Angeles Football Club have been called up by their respective countries for upcoming Concacaf Nations League matches during the October international window.

Midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye and defender Walker Zimmerman have been called up by Canada and the United States, respectively, for Nations League clashes. The USMNT will host Cuba in League A Group A play at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, before Canada hosts the U.S. on Oct. 15 at BMO Field in Toronto.

This will be the first foray into Nations League play for the U.S. Zimmerman has been a consistent call-up by national team coach Gregg Berhalter, but the manager has run extremely hot and cold with the defender, playing him and dropping him with regularity.

Canada are off to a perfect start in Nations League group play, having beaten Cuba twice in September. They only have the one game in the October window, and are putting everything into it, since they need to finish with a perfect record in order to qualify for the Hexagonal for 2022 World Cup qualifying. Kaye has been a fixture in the lineup for John Herdman’s squad this year, playing nearly every game for Les Rouges.

The best news of all is these games will not conflict with LAFC play, as MLS is taking a break for the international window between the end of the regular season, which is Sunday, and the beginning of the playoffs, which begin Oct. 19. LAFC won’t start play until several days after that, so this can be a way for players to stay in rhythm, provided they don’t get hurt while away. Best of luck to Mark and Walker on international duty.

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