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Brotherly Game Daily Links: El Brujo earns first cap for Venezuela

Martinez makes a sub appearance for Venezuela, the USMNT defeats Mexico for the inagural Nations League, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Martinez earns first cap with Venezuela
After earning yet another international call-up with La Vinotinto, Martinez earned his first cap in the 71st minute of the squad’s World Cup Qualifier against Bolivia as he replaced fellow MLS midfielder Júnior Moreno.

MLS News

Premier League winner Fuchs joins Charlotte FC for inaugural MLS season in 2022
The 35-year-old fullback has signed a one-year deal with the club with the option for a further year. Fuchs, who has captained Austria while earning 78 caps for his country, made nine appearances for Leicester this season, having been a part of the Foxes’ famous title-winning team.

Concacaf News

USMNT’s epic Nations League triumph over Mexico provided plenty of lessons
It was a match in which the U.S. navigated myriad twists and turns, rallying twice, converting a pressure-packed penalty through Christian Pulisic in extra time, and then surviving a penalty against it with substitute keeper Ethan Horvath saving brilliantly from Andres Guardado.

Three takeaways from the USMNT’s Nations League win over Mexico
There was talk of a massive formation switch from the US in the hours before the game, and when the lineups came out that seemed to be confirmed: The US would play in a 3-4-2-1. And they did, except for a lot of times when they didn’t.

Lopez saves the day for Honduras in Third-Place Match
Luis Lopez made two saves to lift Honduras to a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Costa Rica following a 2-2 draw in the Third-Place Match of the 2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals on Sunday afternoon at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

Haiti, Canada, Panama flex scoring muscles in WCQ
The penultimate day of the first round FIFA World Cup qualification in the Concacaf region sets the stage for a thrilling final day of the stage on Tuesday.