Tests for Cosmos depth as four players receive call-ups

12874323_10154215357141091_2016518768_oThe New York Cosmos roster depth will face additional tests starting in the final week of August as four of the first team players receive call-ups to their national teams.

Andres Flores, Yasmani Duk, David Ochieng, and Eric Calvillo have all received call-ups to the El Salvador, Bolivia, Kenya, and US U-19 sides, respectively.

Flores will join La Selecta as they continue their campaign of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, first hosting Mexico on September 2nd before traveling to Canada for a match on September 6th. El Salvador are currently in last place in Group A, but are only two points behind Canada and Honduras. This will be his first appearance for them since March 25th.

Flores would miss the September 3rd match in Ft. Lauderdale and this could put the Cosmos home game against Indy on August 31st in question.

Yasmani Duk joins La Verde for two CONMEBOL qualifiers. Their September 1st home game against Peru will be followed by a trip to Chile on September 6th. Bolivia currently sit in ninth place in the qualifying round. He rejoins the side after appearing for them in the Copa America Centenario, his last match played on June 14th.

Duk would miss both the Indy home game and the Strikers away.

David Ochieng will travel to Zambia with the Kenyan national team for an African Cup of Nations qualifier on September 3rd. Kenya has officially been eliminated from the next round. His last appearance for the Harambee Stars came on November 17th of last year.

Ochieng would miss the Strikers away, leaving the Indy match in question.

Eric Calvillo rejoins the US U-19s as they play the Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Serbia. The U-19s will depart on August 28th with their first match coming on September 1st against Serbia. Most recently, he was a part of the squad that won the Slovakia Cup back in April.

This should rule out Calvillo for the Indy and Strikers’ matches, at least.

Alexis Velela also received a call-up to the U-19s, but his injury prevented him from attending.

While the loss of Calvillo might not be a huge impact based on his two appearances, the loss of Flores (14), Duk (7), and Ochieng (6) will impact the depth of the squad.

Regardless, the organizations feels pride in seeing so many players called up by their respective home teams and representing the green and white.

“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.”

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