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Eight Columbus Crew players receive call-ups to the national team

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June 7, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Columbus Crew SC news report

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew goalkeepers Nicholas Hagen and Patrick Schulte, defender Steven Moreira, Homegrown midfielders Aidan Morris and Taha Habroune have been called up by their respective national teams for the current FIFA International Break. In addition, Crew Academy’s Chase Adams, Jamil Danjaji and Dacian Delgado recently represented their youth national teams.

Morris and Schulte have been selected to the 25-player United States Under-23 roster for the final training camp in Kansas City as the U.S. continues its preparations for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The US faces Japan on Tuesday, June 11 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The U.S. Olympic men’s team returns to the Summer Olympics for the first time since 2008. Tournament teams consist of players under the age of 23, with an allowance for three additional players.

Both Morris and Schulte participated in the U-23 USMNT training camp in March earlier this year, recording a 2-2 draw against France and a 3-0 win against Guinea. In addition, both players were called up to January’s senior training camp in Orlando, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas.

Morris has five caps for the USMNT and made his senior international debut on January 25, 2023 in a friendly against Serbia.

Schulte, who owns one cap, previously represented the U.S. at the U-18, U-20 (two caps) and U-23 (two caps) levels. The 23-year-old made his senior international debut on January 20, earning the start against Slovenia at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, a match that also saw Morris and Crew Homegrown midfielder Sean Zawadzki in the starting lineup.

Moreira has been selected to represent the Cape Verde Islands in a pair of CAF World Cup Qualifiers. Cape Verde travels to Cameroon on June 8 at the Sate Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde, Cameroon, before hosting Libya at the Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde in Praia, Cape Verde on Tuesday, June 11.

The 29-year-old was part of the Blue Sharks squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which saw the team qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament, Cape Verde’s best result in their tournament history. Moreira made five appearances (four starts) during their run, helping Cape Verde keep three clean sheets in five matches. The defender made his senior international debut for Cape Verde in a friendly against Algeria on October 12, 2023.

Born in Noisy-le-Grand, France, Moreira has represented France at various youth levels, including the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, helping to achieve a second-place finish.

Hagen will compete with Guatemala in a pair of Concacaf World Cup qualifiers. Los Chapines hosted Dominica on Wednesday, June 5, in a 6-0 win at the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala, before traveling to the British Virgin Islands at the AO Shirley Recreation Ground in Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

With 40 caps for Guatemala, Hagen recently started Guatemala’s World Cup qualifier against Dominica on June 5, where he kept a clean sheet in the 6-0 win. As a Guatemalan youth international, he participated in the 2021 and 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup, as well as the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Hagen made his national team debut on August 18, 2018, in an international friendly against Cuba.

Habroune will join the U.S. U-19 team for a pair of international friendlies in South America. The U-19s face Argentina on June 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before traveling to Montevideo, Uruguay to face Uruguay on June 11. The US is wrapping up its preparations for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship in Mexico, which will send four countries to the 2025 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile.

The Homegrown starting midfielder recently represented the US during their March training camp in Morocco. He played in both friendlies (one start) against Morocco and England. Habroune has a total of eleven caps for the US, scoring four international goals.

Crew Academy forward Adams recently joined the U.S. Under-16 Youth National Team for a training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 22-31. This season with Crew 2, Adams has registered seven appearances (five starts), four goals and one assist. The 16-year-old scored one goal in Crew 2’s 3-1 win over New England Revolution II on Thursday night.

In addition, Crew Academy forward Jamil Danjaji joined the US Under-14 Men’s Youth National Team for training camp in Chula Vista, California from May 25 to 30, and forward Dacian Delgado was called up to the U-16 Puerto Rican Youth National. Team participating in the U-16 UNCAF tournament from May 15 to 24.

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