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Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane called up for national team duty

Omar Gonzalez gets called into a US national team dealing with an injury epidemic, while Robbie Keane tries to guide Ireland to their first World Cup since 2002.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

January camp seems to have worked out well for Omar Gonzalez, as he has been called up to the United States national team for his second straight World Cup Qualifier. This team will begin training in Colorado, where they will host Costa Rica before traveling to Mexico City for the most difficult match of the hexagonal.

He traveled to Denver Sunday night after the Galaxy's draw with Chivas USA and will not return to practice until after Tuesday's match against Mexico. This means Gonzalez will miss the Galaxy's match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at The Home Depot Center.

LA will also be without Robbie Keane, who was called up to the Irish national team and also left on Sunday after the draw. Ireland has UEFA World Cup Qualifiers against Sweden and Austria over this international weekend, as they look to reach the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

The two Caps Keane is sure to earn this weekend will leave him one shy of Shay Given for most international appearances in Ireland history. Omar Gonzalez has collected four caps thus far for the US national team, and with a rash of injuries affecting the US Gonzalez will likely be a key player for the yanks in the upcoming matches.