Int’l Roundup: Little impact from Red Bulls, Cosmos, NYCFC players

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

While the first leg of international competition featured great participation from New York based soccer athletes, this week’s offering was a bit demure in comparison.

Here is a breakdown of the action:

NEW YORK RED BULLS

While Kemar Lawrence featured strongly for Jamaica in their first leg against Costa Rica, the second leg was another story altogether.

Slow on the ball, Costa Rica focused their attack on the left side, catching Lawrence out of position on several occasions — and using that space to set up the first of three goals in a 3-0 whooping of Jamaica. Reggae Boyz boss Winfried Schafer eventually pulled him in the 63rd minute.

Over in Africa, Cameroon played to a 0-0 draw against South Africa. Anatole Abang played the entire 90 minutes, featuring on the left wing of a 4-3-3- attack.

Meanwhile, Karl Ouimette sat out Canada’s 2-0 loss to Mexico.

NEW YORK CITY FC

Mix Diskerud did not configure in the U.S. Senior Team’s victory over Guatemala. Khiry Shelton, however, was called upon by U-23 coach Andi Herzog to revive the attack against Colombia in their second leg matchup in Dallas. Unfortunately for the U.S., his late game inclusion wasn’t enough as the U-23 team fell to Colombia 2-1, eliminating them from Olympic competition.

Defender Jason Hernandez earned his first start for Puerto Rico, going 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Guyana.

Meanwhile, Ronald Matarrita played a steady 84 minutes for Costa Rica in a 3-0 thumping of Jamaica.

NEW YORK COSMOS

Once team captain, Cosmos midfielder Andres Flores featured off the bench for a second straight time as his El Salvador side fell to Honduras 2-0. Flores entered the match as the team’s final sub in the 59th minute.

Back in Argentina, Yasmani Duk and his Bolivian counterparts played to a 2-0 loss against the Albiceleste. Duk managed a shot on goal and earned a yellow card in the second half.