Four Cosmos Called for International Duty

Flores, Duk and Ochieng to join senior national squads for key qualifiers; Calvillo will return to U.S. U-19s.
Cosmos News Service | Aug 19, 2016

NEW YORK (August 19, 2016) – Four New York Cosmos players are set to represent their countries on the world’s stage in late August and early September.

Salvadorian midfielder Andrés Flores and Bolivian forward Yasmani Duk will join their respective national teams for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, while defender David Ochieng will be part of a Kenya side in qualifying action for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Meanwhile, a few months removed from capturing the Slovakia Cup, midfielder Eric Calvillo will return to the United States Under-19 National Team for the Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Serbia.

"We feel very proud and honored to have several players represent their home countries next week. This speaks highly of their performance and commitment to the Cosmos," said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. "We wish them nothing but the best and hope they continue to get called to represent their countries in future events."

Flores and La Selecta face a pair of crucial fixtures in CONCACAF’s fourth round of World Cup qualifying, hosting Mexico at Cuscatlán Stadium on September 2 before traveling to Vancouver to take on Canada four days later. El Salvador sits last in Group A, but is just two points behind Canada and Honduras in the battle to advance to the fifth round. Flores, 25, has earned 49 caps for his country, with his last appearance coming against Honduras earlier this year on March 25.

After starting all three matches at the Copa América Centenario, Yasmani Duk has been called up to the Bolivian national team for two World Cup qualifiers in the CONMEBOL region. Bolivia will host Peru on September 1 and then make the short trip to neighboring Chile on September 6. The 28-year-old Cosmos forward has made 10 appearances for Bolivia, scoring a goal against Paraguay in a World Cup qualifying match last year. Duk and Bolivia are looking to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1994, when the competition was held in the United States.

Kenya has called up Cosmos defender David Ochieng for an African Cup of Nations Qualifying match against Zambia on September 3. Ochieng, 23, started playing professional soccer in his native Kenya and made his senior international debut in 2012. He has made six appearances and five starts for the Cosmos in NASL play this year, compiling 18 clearances and 13 interceptions in 495 minutes on the field.

Eric Calvillo will be part of the U.S. U-19 squad participating in the Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Subotica, Serbia. A mainstay in the U.S. youth national team program, the California native appeared in all three matches at the 2015 U-17 World Cup. More recently, Calvillo helped the U-19s capture the Slovakia Cup in April.

Calvillo and the U-19s will depart on August 28 and kick off the competition against the host nation on September 1. Cosmos defender Alexis Velela was also invited to camp, but will be unable to attend due to an injury.

The Cosmos take on Puerto Rico FC this Saturday, August 20 before consecutive home matches against the Carolina RailHawks on August 27 and Indy Eleven on August 31. For tickets, call 855-71-COSMOS or visit

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