Miami native will look to earn second cap in World Cup Qualifying

By Official Florida FC

Konrad de la Fuente was called up to the U.S. men’s national team ahead of its World Cup Qualifying opener on Sept. 2.

The 20-year-old winger made his international debut in November in a scoreless draw against Wales. Since that time, he has scored goals for Barcelona B, transferred to Olympique Marseille and, thus far, shown to be a reliable winger at the Ligue 1 level.

de la Fuente has started all three of Marseille’s matches this season and recorded an assist against Montpellier on Aug. 8.

de la Fuente is one of 20 players in the 26-person camp who have yet to earn a cap in World Cup Qualifying. He likely will be an option off the bench for USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter on the left wing.

Brenden Aaronson, Gio Reyna, Tim Weah and, of course, Christian Pulisic are also wide players who are on the current USMNT roster. Others, like Cristian Roldan and Sebastian Lletget, are midfielders who have played in wide roles before under Berhalter.

Eight teams qualified for the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The USMNT will kickoff the octagonal round against El Salvador in San Salvador on Sept. 2. The Americans will face Canada in Nashville on Sept. 5 before traveling to face Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Sept. 8.

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