The first FIFA international window of the new MLS season is rapidly approaching. World Cup qualifying campaigns around the world will start back up in just over two weeks and Miguel Almiron is the first Atlanta United player to be summoned for duty by his country.
The Paraguay national team released their official list of call-ups for their March qualifiers against Ecuador (March 23) and Brazil (March 28) and Miguel Almiron is unsurprisingly listed, right next to our old pal Oscar Romero.
⚪️ #Albirroja Lista de Convocados de clubes del exterior vs. Ecuador y Brasil #EliminatoriasRusia2018 #VamosParaguay pic.twitter.com/gEK0DybC0Z— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) March 8, 2017
The only Atlanta United match that Almiron could possibly miss while on international duty is the March 31st clash against the Seattle Sounders. Atlanta will travel to Cascadia to take on the MLS Cup champs just three days after Paraguay play Brazil in qualifying. Depending on how much Miguelito plays in the two matches, he could be rested by Tata Martino for that match.
This is unfortunately the burden all MLS clubs face during the season, maneuvering between international fixtures and players being away. It could be worse, because sometimes MLS doesn’t even recognize FIFA windows and plays through them. Thankfully in this instance, United do not have a match during it.