Sandwiching two games in a week with a pair of extended breaks on either end of the upcoming matches may seem a little odd, but it will ensure that Atlanta United won’t be missing any key players due to international duty with World Cup Qualifiers coming up. One player who has been called into his team is midfielder Miguel Almiron who was just announced as a call-up for upcoming matches against at Chile and then hosting Uruguay.
⚪️ #Albirroja Lista de Convocados ante Chile y Uruguay #EliminatoriasRusia2018 #VamosParaguay ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/oJNDuI99kU— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) August 23, 2017
Paraguay is currently eighth in CONMEBOL qualifying with only five points separating them from an automatic place in the 2018 World Cup. The matches against Uruguay and Chile will be crucial if the team hopes to make the tournament as those countries sit in third and fourth place respectively. With the games scheduled for August 31st and September 5th, Almiron should not miss any matches with Atlanta United.
MLS teams are given the option of playing through international breaks but Atlanta United seems to have opted out of doing that. The team is taking a two week break between their match on August 26 at Philadelphia and opening Mercedes Benz Stadium on September 10 against FC Dallas.