(This article was edited after an accidental omission regarding Tesho Akindele’s call up.)
At this point, it is no surprise to anyone that Kellyn Acosta is on Jurgen Klinsmann’s short list of players to call in. Whether Acosta sees the field or not during any of the next round of World Cup Qualifiers is up for debate, but Acosta has shown enough to the head coach that he warrants invitations into these matches.
The USMNT is entering the final two matches of their semi-final round of CONCACAF qualifying, sitting in second place in their group with seven points and will begin training today in Jacksonville. The next two matches will be first again St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept 2 at 2:30pm CT (beinSPORT) and then followed by a Sept 6 match against Trinidad & Tobago at 7pm CT (FS1, UniMas). With that schedule it means Acosta will be out for next Saturday’s match against the reigning MLS Cup champions, the Portland Timbers but will be back for the crucial match against the Colorado Rapids on September 10th.
Kellyn Acosta is listed as a defender and if he makes the 18, will most likely see action at fullback again. Acosta has made 2 appearances for the USMNT.
Akindele has also been called in to represent Canada in their final two matches of the semi-final round. Since formally accepting an invitation to represent his nation of birth in June of 2015, Tesho has been a regular in the Canadian lineup, making 12 appearances with 7 starts. He has two goals and an assist to date in his international career.
Like Acosta and the USMNT, Canada has not clinched qualifying into the final found yet but will need a couple of results grab that second spot behind Mexico. Luckily, Canada has already played Mexico and instead will kick off against Honduras away on Sept 2 and then host El Salvador on Sept 6.
What do you think of these call ups? Think Acosta will get minutes? Can Canada get into the final round of qualifying? Is Dallas in trouble without them against Portland?