Randall Leal, Aníbal Godoy called up to national teams

Nashville SC’s Randall Leal and Aníbal Godoy have been called up to their national teams for the upcoming September window.

Leal makes his return to the Costa Rica national team for the first time in nearly two years. His last appearance for the Ticos came in November 2021, coming off the bench in a 1-0 loss to Canada in World Cup qualifying. Under manager Luis Fernando Suárez, Leal was essentially frozen out of the team, called up to just seven of Suárez’s 35 matches in charge.

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Injuries have also limited Leal. He’s missed 23 matches with injury since the start of 2022, which has certainly impacted his selection. Now back to health, and with interim manager Claudio Vivas in charge, Leal is back. Costa Rica will play Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 2.

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Aníbal Godoy has been a mainstay for Panama for over a decade. The 33-year-old has been capped 122 times. If he features in both of Panama’s Concacaf Nations League matches against Martinique (Sep 7) and Guatemala (Sep 10), he’ll pass Armando Cooper to become the fourth most capped player of all time for Los Canaleros.

His last international appearance was in this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup, where he captained Panama to a run to the final, losing 1-0 to Mexico.

After their match against Charlotte on Saturday, Nashville will not play again until September 20 when they travel to Sporting Kansas City. Godoy and Leal won’t miss any matches with the Coyotes during their call-ups.

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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