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Official: LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye on Canada roster for 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

Midfielder will miss time to play for his country.

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Canada Soccer announced on Thursday the final 23-man roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, and one Los Angeles Football Club player, Mark-Anthony Kaye, made the cut for the tournament.

Kaye, 24, has made Canada’s Gold Cup squad for the second consecutive tournament. He made two appearances in 2017 as they reached the quarterfinals. Now, under head coach John Herdman, expectations are raised as Les Rouges appear to have a generation of improved talent coming through, including Kaye, and he is likely to play a key role this year in the tournament. To date, he has seven caps for the Canada Men’s Senior National Team.

The final roster means that another LAFC player, defender Dejan Jakovic, was not called up to the squad after being included in Herdman’s provisional roster. The 33-year-old has 41 caps, but Herdman opted to go for a youthful backline so the center back will stay with LAFC this summer.

How many games will Kaye miss? It will depend in part on how far Canada go in the Gold Cup. He will miss the U.S. Open Cup game against Real Salt Lake on June 11 or 12, and the following round’s game, likely the next week, if LAFC advance.

If Canada advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals, that knockout game will be on June 29, so he would miss LAFC’s game on June 28 against the Colorado Rapids in league play. If Canada went all the way to the final on July 7, there would be two more games he would miss, on July 3 at Sporting KC and at home on July 6 against Vancouver Whitecaps.

So, the minimum number of games Kaye will miss is two, but there’s a decent chance he’ll miss three or four, depending on if LAFC reach the Open Cup Round of 16 and if Canada qualify for the knockout stage.

Kaye has been part of the fantastic three-headed juggernaut in midfield for LAFC this season, but getting the call for his country is a great accomplishment, and it will give the likes of Lee Nguyen and/or Andre Horta a chance for more minutes while Kaye is away. Best of luck to him at the Gold Cup, and please come back healthy.

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