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LAFC’s Blackmon called up to USMNT; Kaye selected for Canada roster

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It’s January, so it’s time for North American national teams to hold training camps, and two LAFC players have been called up by two countries.

Tristan Blackmon has received his first-ever call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team, for a training camp scheduled from Saturday through the end of the month in Bradenton, Fla., when they are supposed to play a friendly match, rumored to be against Serbia.

It’s a pretty big deal, Blackmon is the only player in the senior national team call-up who’s been called up for the first time. It’s a great reward for a strong end to the season, and hopefully he can impress in camp and maybe get a first cap for his country.

Meanwhile, another LAFC player, Mark-Anthony Kaye, has been called up by the Canada Men’s National Team from Saturday to Jan. 24, also in Bradenton, Fla. Canada Soccer said they would not play a sanctioned Fifa game during the camp, in part to preserve the eligibility of several dual-nationals, but don’t be shocked if Canada squares off against the United States, either in a scrimmage or an actual game, considering they’re all in the same spot at the same time.

So congrats to Tristan and Mark, best of luck in your respective camps, and please don’t get hurt.

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