During this FIFA International Window, seven members of the Philadelphia Union are representing their countries on soccer's biggest stage as they look to guide their sides to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Here is how the Boys in Blue have been doing on the international stage.
The Reggae Boyz have the Union trio of Andre Blake, Alvas Powell and Cory Burke on the squad and so far the first two matches of the Concacaf Octagon have seen the island nation come up short against Mexico and Panama. In the opener, Jamaica equalized in the second half with a Shamar Nicholson finish but El Tri got the final goal as Club America forward Henry Martin blasted a rocket into the upper 90 in the 89' for the winner. Two days later, Jamaica returned home but saw Panama dominate the match to a 3-0 scoreline. Jamaica wraps up this window on Wednesday evening with a road match in Costa Rica.
Olivier Mbaizo got the start in The Indomitable Lions 2-0 shutout of Malawi with the hosts taking advantage of their pace and pressing for two-first half goals. Mbaizo didn't dress for Cameroon's second match of the window that saw the side try to rally from a 2-0 deficit inside the opening 30 minutes against the Ivory Coast. The squad gained confidence when Moumi Ngamaleu converted from the penalty spot in the 61st minute but the rally came up short in a 2-1 loss.
Jamiro Monteiro came in as a second-half substitute and played the final 15 minutes for Cape Verde in their opening match of the World Cup Qualifiers. Facing off against Central African Republic, Cape Verde jumped out a one-goal lead in the first half but it was cancelled out before Monteiro appeared and ended in the 1-1 stalemate. Monteiro will face off against the group favorites Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon, with kick off set for 12 p.m. ET.
Jose Martinez and Venezuela began the grueling CONMEBOL group with a pair of losses and red cards against Argentina and Peru. El Brujo got the start against Lionel Messi in the opener but fell by a 3-1 scoreline. Against Peru, Martinez came off the bench but it wasn't enough to overcome a 1-0 first-half deficit with just 10 men on the pitch. El Brujo and Venezuela wrap up the international window on Thursday night with a pivotal match against Paraguay.
Daniel Gazdag and Hungary continued Group I play with a pair of difficult results falling to England by a 4-0 margin on Thursday. The Union midfielder came into the contest in the second half and picked up a yellow card. Three days later, Hungary was upset by Albania with an 87th minute goal from the hosts. Sitting in fourth place in the group and three points behind Poland, Hungary will be looking for all three points as they close out the window against Andorra on Wednesday afternoon.