Lost in the jubliation of D.C. United winning over the Philadelphia Union, word comes from Washington Post reporter Steve Goff that midfielder Markus Halsti is being recalled by the Finland national team for their home qualifier with Hungary on June 13. Finland is sitting on the outside of Group F advancement, in fourth place of six teams, sitting on four points. Hungary sits in third with 8 points, and as group play stretches into their second legs, so to speak, this is a big one for the Finns.
This likely means Halsti won't be available when D.C. go to Florida to play Orlando City the following day, a regular season game. One would hope that he could be available for selection when D.C. starts its Open Cup play at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. There is also the matter of the United States team staring at two away dates on June 5 at the Netherlands and June 10 at Germany. Presumably Jurgen Klinsmann picks a Euro-centric roster for both,
particularly with the Gold Cup looming less than a month later (that same report mentions Bill Hamid as on the preliminary list of consideration), but we'll see on the latter (UPDATE: hey, he kinda did!).