Four New York City FC players have been called up to play for their national teams this international break.
Alexander Callens, Peru
Callens is now a regular starter for la Blanquirroja. Expect to see him on the field for Peru’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Bolivia on November 11 at home, and away against Venezuela on November 16.
Peru is currently #9 on the CONEMBOL table, above only last-place Venezuela. It’s squeaky bum time: The team needs to take points from these games if it hopes to qualify for the World Cup.
Maxime Chanot, Luxembourg
The Lëtzebuergesch Foussballnationalequipe will play World Cup qualifiers away against Azerbaijan on November 11, and home against Ireland on November 14.
Luxembourg is #3 in Group A and can’t advance to the next round: Désolé, Maxime. Still, here’s a chance to visit beautiful Baku, crack the crust of some delicious shakh plov.
Sean Johnson, United States
Steady Hands Johnson is the USMNT’s #2 goalkeeper, or maybe #3. Hard to say.
Chances are the New England Revolution’s Matt Turner will be in goal when the United States host Mexico on November 12 at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, and travel to Kingston to play Jamaica on November 16.
Some advice for Johnson, or really anybody passing through Cincinnati: Don’t bother with a 3-way. Best throw off caution, dive straight into a steamy 5-way.
Gudi Thórarinsson, Iceland
Iceland will play World Cup qualifiers at Romania on November 11, and at home against North Macedonia on November 14.
The Strákarnir Okkar might have the best cheering section in Europe and a sharp badge redesign, but the team is #5 in Group J, and will need a miracle on Iceland to advance to the next round and play for a spot at the World Cup.