Cosmos Abroad: Flores and Duk with their national teams

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With much international talent on the squad, we should see national team call-ups occur regularly throughout the year for many players. With World Cup qualification underway, midfielder Andres Flores and forward Yasmani Duk both received call-ups to the El Salvador and Bolivian national teams, respectively.

12380128_10154215382351091_2123183632_nBolivia played host to Colombia on Friday night, entering the match in eighth place (out of ten) after collecting just three points in four games.

With James Rodriguez contributing a goal and an assist to a 2-0 Colombian lead at halftime, Duk was subbed on for La Verde to start the second half. His first contribution? Winning a penalty kick on a handball call, which Bolivia converted. With Bolivia having pulled to a 2-1 deficit, Duk forced a turnover, muscling off a defender on the left sideline and centering a ball outside the top of the box for Alejandro Chumacero to finish. He added a pair of headers on net for the evening, but Bolivia was unable to hold onto the draw and Colombia scored a 90th minute heartbreaker to hand the Bolivians another loss.

Thirteen games remain in CONMEBOL qualifying for the Bolivians and they next head to Argentina on Tuesday. They sit in ninth place, one point behind Peru. They must finish in the top four to qualify or can qualify in fifth place upon winning a playoff against the Oceania winner.

 

12874362_10154215383821091_729004785_oAndres Flores made not have had as many minutes, but his team found more luck on Friday night.

Flores entered as a 78th minute substitution for Pablo Puyed with La Selecta down 2-1 and was on the field when Nelson Bonilla found an 89th minute equalizer against Honduras.

With three games remaining in the current round of CONCACAF qualifying, El Salvador are in third place of Group A with two points and a -3 goal differential. They are two points and a goal behind Canada and must finish in the top two spots of Group A to advance to the final round. They travel to Honduras on Tuesday to play the return leg.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Cosmos Abroad: Flores and Duk with their national teams

  1. Flores stayed with us for the final when E.S. had a match. I hope that didn’t hurt him with his national team.

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