New York City FC center-back Jason Hernandez received a call up to the Puerto Rican National Team on Tuesday.
This call up comes ahead of the Gold Cup qualifying that takes place over this international break. The team plays Guyana on March 29th in Puerto Rico. While Hernandez has denied an invitation to play for the squad back in 2009, the 32-year old will take his chances this time.
This could possibly be the first international cap for the Seton Hall graduate. Hernandez’s last call up came in 2009 with the United States Men’s National Team, but with the training squad. Failing to make an impression, Hernandez was unable to grab his first cap.
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Hernandez follows NYCFC’s list of called up players that will be unavailable for this Saturday’s match up. This is the second player in Patrick Vieira’s defense that will be missing and put a dent in his plans. Hernandez has started and played in the first three games of the season and has possibly solidified his spot.
However, this should be a proud moment for Hernandez as he well get a chance to represent his nationality. Hernandez’s lengthy career started all the way back in 2005 with the New York Metro Stars and if you don’t know, they also go by the New York Redbulls.
For Vieira it’s a great sign to see his players on the international level, but now against the New England Revolution, his line-up will look a little different.