August 15, 2012
INTERNATIONAL DUTY TAKES TRIO
Shea, De Guzman, Rodriguez gone tonight
Club and country come into conflict tonight for FC Dallas, as three of its players answer their respective national team call ups for international friendlies. While Dallas visits Vancouver in Canada, the team will be missing Brek Shea (USA), Julian de Guzman (CANADA) and Carlos Rodriguez (PANAMA).
|Brek Shea will be playing for the USA tonight in its game against Mexico (7 p.m., ESPN2, CT) instead of for FC Dallas when it meets the Vancouver Whitecaps (FSSW Plus, 9 p.m. CT).
Photo by Michael Stephens
Shea traveled to Mexico City with the U.S. Men's National Team, which will face rival Mexico on Aug. 15 at the Estadio Azteca. Kickoff for the USA’s first friendly against Mexico on Mexican soil since 1984 is set for 7 p.m. CT. The match will air live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision.
De Guzman actually stayed on American soil as the Canadians prepare for their contest against Trinidad and Tobago at Central Broward Regional Stadium in Lauderhill, Fla. Fans can follow that match at CanadaSoccer.com, on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN, via Facebook.com/CanadaSoccer and on YouTube.com/CanadaSoccerTV.
Meanwhile, Carlos Rodriguez and the Panamanian National Team will take on Portugal on Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. CT at Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa.
The trio will rejoin the team in Salt Lake City for the weekend matchup versus Real Salt Lake.
Shea tallied an assist versus Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, helping the U.S. side to a 1-1 draw in Philadelphia. The 6’4” Texan has 12 caps for the U.S. He was very active in Saturday's win over Colorado and looked better than he has nearly all season in an FCD uniform.
De Guzman has 56 career caps with the Canadian National Team, having debuted for his country back in 2002. He was named tournament MVP in the 2007 Gold Cup and has been a member of four CONCACAF Gold Cup squads for Canada. Guzman had two assists Wednesday for Dallas.
Rodriguez has four caps for the Panamanian side after making his debut with the senior national team one year ago.