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LAFC’s Brian Rodriguez earns penalty in Uruguay’s qualifier win

An update of LAFC players on international duty.

FBL-WC-2022-URU-CHI Photo by ERNESTO RYAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Los Angeles Football Club have four players on international duty this month, with two representing Uruguay and two Ecuador. On Thursday, both countries were in action.

Brian Rodriguez started for Uruguay and once again had a good performance for his country, most notably setting up the early penalty for his team with a heads-up cross that resulted in a handball for Chile. Once again, Rodriguez may be in middling form for LAFC, but he knows how to make a difference for Uruguay.

The game ended in a 2-1 win for Uruguay, with Maxi Gomez scoring the winner in stoppage time.

The other Uruguayan player from LAFC, Diego Rossi, did not appear in Thursday’s game. Considering it’s his first call-up for the senior national team, that’s not entirely surprising.

In other LAFC-relevant action, Ecuador started off qualifying with one of the toughest games, a meeting in Buenos Aires against Argentina, and they lost 1-0 courtesy of a Lionel Messi penalty.

Jose Cifuentes was an unused substitute for Ecuador on the night, while Diego Palacios was not on the matchday squad at all. I couldn’t find an initial report as to why Palacios wasn’t in the squad, whether it was a coach’s decision, injury, or something else. Perhaps some light will be shed on that in the coming days.

Both Ecuador and Uruguay have a game coming up, against...each other, Tuesday in Quito. We’ll keep you posted on how the LAFC boys do in that match.

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