August 29, 2012
NATIONAL TEAM DUTY
Valdes, Gomez get called
CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union captain Carlos Valdés and midfielder Gabriel Gómez have been called up for international duty as their respective countries prepare for FIFA World Cup qualification games on September 7th and 11th.
|Carlos Valdes has been called into the national team of Colombia.
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The two will meet up with their national sides – Colombia and Panama respectively – following Philadelphia Union’s MLS fixture with New England Revolution, which kicks off at Gillette Stadium at 7:30pm on Saturday evening.
After returning to the international fold for the first time since 2010 during Colombia’s recent Spanish training camp in Madrid, MLS All-Star Valdés will be in José Pekerman’s squad for qualification games against Uruguay in Barranquilla on September 7th and away to Chile in Santiago on September 11th.
Panama captain Gómez will be present for back-to-back qualifiers against Canada, with the first taking place in Toronto on September 7th and the return game in Panama City on September 11th.
Gómez is the Union’s current most-capped player at full international level, having represented Panama on 76 occasions.