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Tristan Blackmon leaves USMNT camp after concussion

Defender won’t participate in Jan. 31 friendly.

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Bad news for LAFC’s call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team, as U.S. Soccer announced Sunday that defender Tristan Blackmon sustained a concussion during training on Saturday and was therefore ruled out of the final roster for the friendly scheduled for Jan. 31 against Trinidad & Tobago.

Blackmon is traveling back to LA as a result. It’s unclear the severity of the head injury, but with no start date yet announced for LAFC’s preseason camp, he should get some time to recover and recuperate, and hopefully the injury isn’t serious.

Blackmon’s call-up to the January USMNT camp was his first for his country, and indicated promising signs he could break through to the national team. Obviously the door is not yet shut on that count, but the 24-year-old will need to continue to impress for his club and hopefully USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter will give him a look for a game at some point.

In other news, the USMNT and Canada Men’s National Team were supposed to play a scrimmage Saturday because both countries are holding training camp in the same spot, but several inconclusive coronavirus tests, which turned out to be negative, on Canada’s side meant the teams preemptively cancelled the scrimmage as a precaution. Both LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye and potential LAFC newcomer Raheem Edwards were called up to the camp for Les Rouges.

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