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USL Standouts Set for International Duty This Week

By Staff, 09/04/18, 4:02PM EDT


Battery’s Guerra, Fury FC’s Crepeau, San Antonio’s Gordon among call-ups

TAMPA, Fla. – Twenty-four current USL players have been selected for international duty during the next two weeks as players head around the globe to represent their countries in competitions including Concacaf Nations League qualifying, Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and international exhibitions in the United States and overseas.

USL players will represent 15 different countries, including a quartet of selections for the Trinidad & Tobago National Team that are led by the Charleston Battery’s leading scorer Ataulla Guerra. One of the leading contenders for the USL Golden Boot with 14 goals this season, Guerra is joined by Battery teammate Neveal Hackshaw, the Charlotte Independence’s Kevan George and Indy Eleven’s Nathan Lewis in the Soca Warriors’ squad as they face the United Arab Emirates in Girona, Spain on Thursday.

A number of players will represent their nations in the inaugural round of Concacaf Nations League qualifying this weekend, with Ottawa Fury FC goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau named to Canada’s squad that will face the U.S. Virgin Islands and Penn FC forward Aaron Dennis on Sunday afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Crepeau is tied for the USL lead with 12 shutouts this season, which earned his first call-up under new Canada Head Coach John Herdman.

A trio of USL players were also included in Jamaica’s squad that will first meet Ecuador in an international exhibition at Red Bull Arena on Friday night before its Concacaf Nations League qualifier with the Cayman Islands on Sunday, with the Charlotte Independence’s Je-Vaughn Watson, Phoenix Rising FC’s Kevon Lambert, San Antonio FC’s Omar Gordon being joined in the squad by former USL standouts Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union) and Romario Williams (Atlanta United FC).

OKC Energy FC teammates Cody Laurendi and Atiba Harris – who as goalkeeper and defender usually work together in the club’s defensive third – could square off against each other as Laurendi and Puerto Rico visit Harris and St. Kitts & Nevis in the new competition. Laurendi is joined by a pair of other USL players in Puerto Rico’s squad in Penn FC’s Jorge Rivera and Rio Grande Valley FC’s Matthew Sanchez.

USL National Team Selections – Sept. 2018 Window

Canada – Maxime Crepeau (OTT)

El Salvador – Joaquin Rivas (TUL)

Grenada – Jamal Charles (SLC)

Guam – Shane Malcolm (COS), Dallas Jaye (PHX), Shawn Nicklaw (ATL)

Guatemala – Allen Yanes (NY)

Guinea – Pa Konante (CIN)

Jamaica – Kevon Lambert (PHX), Je-Vaughn Watson (CLT), Omar Gordon (SA)

Jordan – Jaime Siaj (OKC)

Kenya – Stanley Okumu (SLC)

Puerto Rico – Cody Laurendi (OKC), Jorge Rivera (PEN), Matthew Sanchez (RGV)

Sierra Leone – Michael Lahoud (CIN)

St. Kitts & Nevis – Atiba Harris (OKC)

Trinidad & Tobago – Kevan George (CLT), Ataulla Guerra (CHS), Neveal Hackshaw (CHS), Nathan Lewis (IND)

U.S. Virgin Islands – Aaron Dennis (PEN)

Zimbabwe – Lucky Mkosana (PEN)

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