The international window is officially over, and several Los Angeles Football Club players were involved in various capacities in the second half of the window.
The leading news is unfortunately not good, as forward Rodolfo Zelaya suffered a knee injury while with El Salvador, injuring his meniscus and PCL, with the national team doctor announcing he would be sideline an estimated 4-6 weeks.
Francisco Oseas Doctor de @LaSelecta_SLV “@FitoZelaya22 tiene lesión grado uno del cuerno posterior del menisco interno más lesión parcial de ligamento cruzado posterior, la recuperación durará de 4 a 6 semanas, descartado para mañana” @radioyskl @ESPN_CA @PolancoESA pic.twitter.com/PXkEsLqEer— Mauricio Rivas (@RIVASMAU) November 18, 2019
Of course, with LAFC in the offseason, the timing is fine, but then again, Zelaya is reportedly both on a two-year deal and not keen to stay with LAFC in 2020. Based on the lack of playing time, LAFC may not be keen to bring him back another season, and short of canceling his contract, getting hurt now may complicate efforts to move him on. We’ll see.
Elsewhere, defender Diego Palacios played 90 minutes for Ecuador in their 1-0 friendly loss to Colombia on Tuesday at Red Bull Arena. Palacios seems to be the first choice left back for La Tri moving forward.
Midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell started for a heavily-rotated Jamaica in their 1-1 draw against Guyana in Concacaf Nations League play on Monday. Vassell played 75 minutes, as the Reggae Boyz had already won their League B group and will be promoted to League A for the next tournament.
Attacker Brian Rodriguez was a late sub for Uruguay in their 2-2 draw against Argentina in Israel on Monday. Lionel Messi scored the late equalizer from the spot in stoppage time after Rodriguez entered the field.
In Japan last week, midfielder Eduard Atuesta and defender Eddie Segura started for Colombia’s U-23s in a friendly against their Japanese counterparts, Colombia winning 2-0. Segura was clearly thrilled to suit up for his country and perhaps he and Atuesta will be involved in Olympics qualifying in Colombia in January and February.
Finally, Walker Zimmerman was an unused substitute for the U.S. Men’s National Team in their 4-0 win over Cuba in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday in Nations League play. The win gives the USMNT Group A and they will play in the CNL semifinals next June.
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