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Eight players from Philadelphia Union receive national team invites

Andre Blake, Warren Creavalle, Marco Fabian, Brenden Aaronson, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Matt Freese and Olivier Mbaizo called up

Photo by Morgan Tencza

Eight players from the Philadelphia Union will be away on international duty during the upcoming international break, the team announced on Friday.

Andre Blake (Jamaica), Marco Fabian (Mexico) and Warren Creavalle (Guyana) will all be away with their senior national team while Brenden Aaronson, Matt Freese, Mark McKenzie and Auston Trusty will join up with the United States U23s and Olivier Mbaizo for the Cameroon U23 team.

Fabian will be with El Tri for friendlies in East Rutherford, N.J. against the U.S. (September 6) and vs. Argentina in San Antonio, Texas (September 10). Creavalle will be part of Guyana’s squad for Nations League matches against Aruba (September 6) and vs. Jamaica (September 9).

Aaronson, Freese, McKenzie, and Trusty are heading to Chula Vista, California September 1-10 to join camp with the U-23 MNT to prepare for the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship this spring. They’ll play Japan in a friendly (September 9) at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center as part of the camp.

Mbaizo is joining the Cameroon Under-23s for 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifying. The Indomitable Lions take on Tunisia in a two-legged tie in the Third Round of qualifying, with the first match at Cameroon (September 6) and the second at Tunisia (September 10).

After tonight’s game against Atlanta, the Union are off from league play until LAFC comes to town on September 14. They host Liga MX club Pumas for a friendly next Saturday.