An LAFC player currently with the club is headed out on international duty, as South Korea announced this week Kim Moon-hwan has been called up for the upcoming AFC World Cup qualifiers.
South Korea will face Turkmenistan on June 5, Sri Lanka on June 9, and Lebanon on June 13. The international window will function as a mini-tournament, with all the games taking place at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, South Korea, so the Taegeuk Warriors will have homefield advantage and no worries about travel once they’re in camp.
South Korea are in second place in Group H play, with a game in hand on leaders Turkmenistan, so that first game will be huge for both teams. Another opponent in the group, North Korea, has formally withdrawn from qualification and are out, but South Korea haven’t quite yet wrapped up a spot to advance to the third round of qualification. Given their history, they are expected to pick up the results and advance.
Kim has three appearances to date for LAFC, all off the bench, while he adjusts to a new country and new club. The good news is that he theoretically shouldn’t miss any games for LAFC, with there being a break for the club between Saturday’s game against New York City FC and the June 19 clash against the Houston Dynamo.
So congrats to Kim for the call-up and best of luck on international duty, please come back healthy.
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