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LAFC international roundup: Brian Rodriguez scores (again!) for Uruguay

Plus, Kaye plays but Canada lose to the USA.


It’s the offseason for Los Angeles Football Club but several players have been in action in recent days for their countries.

The headliner is Brian Rodriguez, who started really rounding into shape in the playoffs for LAFC and has continued his impressive start to life with Uruguay’s senior team, scoring his third goal for them in five appearances in Friday’s 2-1 friendly win over Hungary in Budapest.

Rodriguez has one more game this window, another friendly against South American rival Argentina.

Elsewhere, LAFC defender Diego Palacios started and went the distance in Ecuador’s 3-0 friendly win over Trinidad & Tobago in Portoviejo, Ecuador on Thursday. La Tri’s next game is a friendly against Colombia next week.

Closer to home, Mark-Anthony Kaye started in Canada’s Concacaf Nations League game against the U.S. Men’s National Team on Friday in Orlando, but exited the game just after the hour mark with the Canadians chasing, as they went on to lose 4-1. Kaye’s club teammate Walker Zimmerman was an unused substitute for the USMNT. Canada’s Nations League group stage is complete while the Americans will take on Cuba in the Caribbean next week. If the U.S. win, they win the group and otherwise, Canada will win and advance in the inaugural Nations League competition.

LAFC midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell came off the bench and played the final 21 minutes in Jamaica’s 2-0 Nations League win over Antigua on Friday. They’ll play another CNL game, against Guyana, on Monday, although the Reggae Boyz have already clinched promotion to Nations League League A in the next edition.

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