The first FIFA break of the Major League Soccer season is right around the corner and the call-ups are getting started. Krisztian Nemeth and Botond Barath will be getting the call from Sporting Kansas City to go join the Hungarian National Team.
They will be in Europe for two games on March 21st versus Slovakia and on March 24th versus Croatia. There are no Sporting KC games on the schedule at that point as SKC will have played the Colorado Rapids on the 17th of March and don’t play another game until March 30th against the Montreal Impact. It’s possible the mere six days between the Croatia game and the Impact game could limit their availability, especially with all that travel.
Barath and Nemeth will be joining the Maygars for Group E qualifying for the 2020 EUFA Euros. Hungary are in Group E with Slovakia, Croatia, Azerbaijan and Wales. Qualifying goes all the way until November, so this is unlikely to be the last time Nemeth, Barath or even Daniel Salloi get called up. And with the compressed MLS schedule, it’s much more likely that regular season games will be interfered with.
For those wondering, this also will not interfere with CONCACAF Champions League if Sporting were to advance. The semi-finals of CCL will be played between April 3rd and April 10th.
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