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LAFC’s Zimmerman called up to USMNT; Kaye to Canada; Atuesta to Colombia U-23s

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This will make five LAFC players headed out on international duty.

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Three more Los Angeles Football Club players have been called up by their respective countries for the September FIFA window.

Walker Zimmerman has been called up again by the U.S. Men’s National Team for friendlies against Mexico on Sept. 6 at MetLife Stadium, and against Uruguay on Sept. 10 at Busch Stadium. Zimmerman, who was a member of the USMNT for this summer’s Gold Cup, seems to still be in Gregg Berhalter’s plans moving forward.

Mark-Anthony Kaye has also been recalled by his country, Canada, after playing in the Gold Cup, as Les Rouges will begin their Concacaf Nations League play against Cuba. They’ll play in Toronto on Sept. 7 before playing Cuba’s “home” game in George Town, Grand Cayman on Sept. 10, Cuba’s main stadium no longer kept up well enough to be sanctioned as an international soccer host.

And Eduard Atuesta gets his first international call since joining LAFC, as he’s been called up to Colombia’s U-23 squad for friendlies against Brazil on Sept. 5 and Argentina on Sept. 8. The U-23s are tuning up for 2020 Olympics qualifying, which will take place in Jan-Feb next year in CONMEBOL.

The trio join two other LAFC players already called up, in Brian Rodriguez to Uruguay and Diego Palacios to Ecuador.

With all five players’ matchdays being around the same time, they look set to miss the game at Orlando City on Sept. 7 (Palacios may not, since his country’s only game is on Sept. 5, but he may also not yet have his paperwork complete to be eligible in MLS), but the good news is they may not miss any other time for the black-and-gold. Congrats to them, and fingers crossed they all come back healthy.

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