Several Cosmos Called Up For Upcoming International Games

by JAKE NUTTING

As the New York Cosmos are scraping for every single point in a tight Fall Season race, four players are set to depart camp for international duty in early September.

“We feel very proud and honored to have several players represent their home countries next week. This speaks highly of their performance and commitment to the Cosmos,” said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “We wish them nothing but the best and hope they continue to get called to represent their countries in future events.”

Erico Calvillo’s participation in the¬†Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament with the US U-19s in Srbia shouldn’t be a huge loss for the Cosmos, as the 18-year-old has only made two appearances for the NASL side this year. The other three call-ups, though, could potentially test the roster’s depth.

Attackers Andres Flores and Yasmani Duk will head out to take part in World Cup qualifiers for their respective countries. Flores’s El Salvador is scheduled to host Mexico in the Fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying on September 2 before traveling to take on Canada four days later. The Salvadoran national team currently sits last in Group A.

Duk is returning to the Bolivian national team after representing the South American country in the Copa America Centario earlier in the summer. Boliva hosts Peru on September 1 and then travels to the reigning Copa America champions, Chile, on September 6. Duk’s country has much work to do if it hopes to qualify for its first World Cup since 1994. Sitting second to last in the CONEMBOL standings, Bolivia must find a way up into the top half of the table in their remaining matches. The top four teams in the region at the end of the qualifying round automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the fifth-place team will advance to play in the inter-confederation playoffs.

The Cosmos will also be without center back Davido Ochieng, who has been selected to participate in Kenya’s Africa Cup of Nation’s qualifying match against Zambia on September 3. In a constantly revolving door of center backs this year, the 23-year-old defender has made 11 appearances for the Cosmos.


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  • Kevin

    Those are solid players we are losing

  • sSmurf040

    It looks like the Cosmos are going to hit a rough patch. They’re definitely not that deep team that started in the Spring season for sure!


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