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Three Atlanta United Players called for International Duty

Atlanta United MLS Soccer Atlanta, Georgia

Three Atlanta United players have been selected to represent their national teams during the upcoming FIFA window from March 18-26. Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez, Hector “Tito” Villalba and Josef Martinez will join their national teams after United hosts the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“Pity” Martinez was selected by Argentine manager Lionel Scaloni to play against Venezuela in Madrid on March 22 and Morocco on March 26 in Rabat.

Meanwhile, the current MLS MVP Josef Martinez will represent his native Venezuela in a friendly against Argentina on March 22. Josef has played for Venezuela 46 times and has scored nine goals.

Also, “Tito” Villalba has been called up by Paraguay, where the team will play two friendlies. The first one will be against Peru in New Jersey on March 22, and then, the team will face off against Mexico on March 26 in Santa Clara, California.

“It’s an honor for me to be called back up to the national team,” Villalba said Wednesday night after Atlanta defeated Monterrey. “This is one of the main reasons why I work so hard, is to have the opportunity to play for the national team. We have the game against Philadelphia on Sunday, and afterwards, I’ll start thinking about the national team, I’m really happy.”

After facing Philadelphia on Sunday, the Five Stripes will take a little breather as they will play their next game until March 30, when the team will travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m.

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