Nashville SC’s Aníbal Godoy, Randall Leal called to national team squads

Nashville SC announced Friday that Aníbal Godoy and Randall Leal have been called up to represent their national teams in friendly matches during the upcoming international break.

Leal will represent Costa Rica in their match against Qatar on Wednesday, November 11 in Hartberg, Austria.

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Godoy will play for Panama in their matches against Japan on Friday, November 13 and the United States on Monday, November 16, both taking place in Austria.

Godoy’s next international appearance will be his 100th cap for Panama. The 30 year old made his debut in 2010, and has represented his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups. Godoy played all 120 minutes of Panama’s 2015 Gold Cup Final victory over the United States.

Leal has appeared 16 times for Costa Rica since making his debut in 2018, including in Costa Rica’s push to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Gold Cup.

Leal and Godoy have played the fourth and fifth most minutes of any outfield player for Nashville SC this season. Leal has contributed three goals and four assists in 18 matches, while Godoy has played in 19 matches, scoring one goal.

Under current MLS rules, both players are required to quarantine for 10 days following international travel. With Nashville SC looking set to play in the play-in round on Friday, November 20, they’ll likely be without both players for their first ever playoff match.

If Nashville advances from the play-in round, they would play on Tuesday, November 24, meaning Godoy would miss after his match against the US on the 16th.

While it’s undoubtedly an honor for both players to be involved with their national teams, it will leave Nashville without two key players for the first playoff match in club history.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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