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LA Galaxy’s Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget called up for international duty

Rolf Feltscher also on preliminary roster.

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The LA Galaxy have one more game left in the 2020 season, but at least two players will not stop playing soccer this month after the end of the campaign.

Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget was named as a replacement for the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for upcoming friendlies in Europe against Wales and Panama. He takes the spot of forward Josh Sargent, who couldn’t get out of club commitments for Werder Bremen due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions.

The USMNT will play Wales next Thursday in Cardiff, before facing Panama in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on Nov. 16.

Lletget is the only MLS player called up to this roster, with head coach Gregg Berhalter staying away from MLS call-ups originally because of the ongoing MLS season and general difficulties in travel and quarantine during the pandemic. But with Lletget’s club season definitely ending Sunday, then those considerations fall away.

In addition, Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos has been called up to Mexico’s National Team for their upcoming friendlies against South Korea on Nov. 14 and against Japan on Nov. 17. He is one of two MLS players called up by Gerardo Martino, joining Inter Miami’s Rodolfo Pizarro.

However, dos Santos suffered an injury last weekend that was initially termed a calf problem. It’s possible he may have to pull out of the call-up, it’s possible he will join El Tri to be evaluated by their doctors, and it’s possible he’ll be good to go and play in the games. We’ll see what happens, but don’t be shocked if he does not end up going on international duty if the injury lingers.

Finally, Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher has been named to the preliminary roster for Venezuela ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Brazil on Nov. 13 and Chile on Nov. 17.

The preliminary squad is 33 players, so head coach Jose Peseiro will need to trim 10 players off that, although Feltscher going out with Venezuela last month for World Cup qualifiers means there’s a very good chance he’ll make the cut and be on the final roster once again.

So congrats to the trio and best of luck on international duty.

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