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New York Red Bulls midfielder Jorge Rojas and defender Gabriel Cichero have been called up by the Venezuelan national team for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Brazil (Oct. 12) and Ecuador (Oct. 15). The call-ups will force them to miss the Red Bulls’ match against Real Salt Lake. The match is also the opening of RSL’s new stadium.
The call-ups could leave the Red Bulls severely short-handed, especially if Dave Van Den Bergh is not yet recovered from sports hernia surgery he underwent on Friday. There is also the possibility that Dane Richards is called up by Jamaica for its upcoming qualifiers, though the Red Bulls have yet to announce a call-up.
Rojas has 86 caps for Venezuela and has served as the national team’s captain. Cichero has 12 caps for Venezuela.