FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — While Minnesota United FC readied to take on the New England Revolution at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gillette Stadium, four Loons represented their countries on national team duty Friday for World Cup qualifiers. Here's a roundup of how they all faired:
Midfielder Kevin Molino had the best outing, starting and playing 80 minutes for Trinidad and Tobago, including scoring the only goal in the 37th minute of the team's 1-0 win against Panama. The win was T&T's first in the group (click here for the standings).
Defender Francisco Calvo and midfielder Johan Venegas both started in Costa Rica's 2-0 loss to Mexico, Calvo playing the whole 90 minutes and Venegas playing 80. The loss dropped Costa Rica to second in the group behind Mexico (see the same standings linked above).
And midfielder Rasmus Schuller sat on the bench during Finland's 2-0 loss to Turkey. Finland has just one point in its qualification group.
Now let's see how United does without the four starters back in MLS.