UPDATE 12:01 p.m. — Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid confirmed the call-up Friday, though at 25 players it appears to be a preliminary list. Either way, it wouldn’t affect Fernandez’ availability for the Sounders. He could play a Nov. 6 conference final, then play the Nov. 11 qualifier and make it back for the Nov. 20 MLS Cup.
“That’s the reason MLS scheduled the way they did, so they’d stay out of the way of the FIFA dates,” said Schmid. “It’s a FIFA date, and they have the right to call him up and he can go, but it shouldn’t affect any of our games.”
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A story on FIFA.com lists Sounders FC midfielder Alvaro Fernandez on Uruguay’s 25-man roster for a Nov. 11 World Cup qualifier against Chile.
The game takes place during an MLS break for the FIFA international window, so if Seattle is preparing for the MLS Cup on Nov. 20 (the conference finals are on Nov. 6) it’s still presumably possible for Fernandez to play both.
According to a team spokesman, the Sounders haven’t been notified yet of a call-up, but that it doesn’t mean the report is untrue. Fernandez was a member of Uruguay’s 2010 World Cup team and has seemingly been on the cusp of more international duty a couple times.
Certainly nine MLS goals and 11 in all competitions as a wide midfielder will garner attention.
We’ll keep an eye on this one. Meanwhile here’s a tweet from teammate Fredy Montero, apparently congratulating Fernandez for the call-up.