The San Jose Earthquakes saw three players go on international duty recently, with Marcos Lopez joining Peru for South American World Cup qualifying and Vako and Guram Kashia part of the Georgia set-up for Euro 2020 playoffs and UEFA Nations League matches.
The team weathered their absence pretty well, going 2-1-1 while the trio was away. But good news, as Lopez is expected to be available for selection on Saturday for their game against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Portland, after successfully making it through quarantine after returning to the United States.
Prior to heading out on international duty, Lopez started the previous eight games for San Jose and found his best form since joining the club last year.
However, Vako and Kashia are unlikely be cleared in time to play Saturday, per a club spokesperson, and would therefore be unavailable for the match. They will likely be eligible to play next Wednesday against Real Salt Lake.
But having another player available is always good. The Earthquakes will have nearly a week off between games, and so the group will be more rested than usual this season, but getting Lopez back from international duty is a boost and gives Almeyda another option for the game against the Whitecaps.
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