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James Sands called up to the USMNT, Alexander Callens back training in New York after injury

Here’s how the international break could impact NYCFC’s playoff hopes

United States v Haiti: Group B - 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter is bringing in James Sands.
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New York City FC Homegrown James Sands was called up to the USMNT by manager Gregg Berhalter to fortify a team depleted after Miles Robinson (red card) and Weston McKennie (yellow card accumulation) were dropped from the squad for the game against Jamaica on November 16.

This is the second time the 21-year-old sands was called up to the USMNT senior team.

NYCFC center-back Alexander Callens suffered a muscle injury playing for Peru during la Blanquirroja’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on November 11. He’s now back in New York, and posted Stories to his Instagram account that show him training at the Etihad City Football Academy in Orangeburg.

Here’s how it’s going for the other NYCFC players called up to international duty:

Center-back Maxime Chanot played the full 90 minutes in Luxembourg’s 1-3 away win over Azerbaijan, and another 90 minutes in a 0-3 home loss to Ireland. The Lëtzebuergesch Foussballnationalequipe was eliminated from FIFA World Cup qualification.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson didn’t feature in the USMNT’s dos-a-cero win over Mexico on November 12 at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. He traveled with the team to Jamaica.

Defender Gudi Thórarinsson came off the bench in the 15’ of Iceland’s 0-0 away draw at Romania. (Former NYCFC main squeeze Alexandru Mitriță didn't get the call this international break despite scoring for Romania in October.) Thórarinsson started in the Strákarnir okkar’s 3-1 away loss at North Macedonia. Iceland was eliminated from World Cup qualification.