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D.C. United international duty round-up

Paul Arriola is coming back early from USMNT duty

While D.C. United was left short-handed in their 1-1 draw at New York City FC over the weekend, five of their players are away with their international teams. Paul Arriola, Junior Moreno, Zoltan Stieber, Darren Mattocks, and Bruno Miranda had a mixed bag of results from the first couple of days of the international break.

Here’s a quick rundown of how United’s internationals fared:

Paul Arriola

Arriola got the start at right midfield on Friday night in the USMNT friendly against Brazil. Like many of his teammates, Arriola had a quiet night, as Brazil controlled the game, winning 2-0. Arriola played 55 minutes, before being taken off for Kellyn Acosta. With United badly short of players, Arriola has been allowed to return to play for United ahead of the U.S.’s Tuesday night friendly against Mexico.

Darren Mattocks

Jamaica played a friendly against Ecuador on Friday night at Red Bull Arena, and fell 2-0. Mattocks was on the bench for the Reggae Boyz, but did not see the field. The Reggae Boyz then drilled the Cayman Islands 4-0 in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying. Mattocks struck twice, first nodding in before 80 seconds had ticked off, and then adding a second in the 58th minute.

Mattocks should be available for United on Wednesday as they take on Minnesota United.

Bruno Miranda

Bolivia have just one game this international break, facing Saudi Arabia later today in Riyadh.

Junior Moreno

United’s defensive midfielder won his sixth cap for Venezuela in a friendly against Colombia. The Vinotinto took an early lead against their South American counterparts, but ended up losing 2-1. Moreno played all 90 minutes in central midfielder. He will have a chance to earn another cap on Tuesday, when Venezuela head to Central America to take on Panama in a friendly.

Zoltan Stieber

Hungary got off to a losing start in Group 2 of the UEFA Nations League C, falling 1-0 to Finland on Saturday. Stieber started for the Hungarians, and played 54 minutes on the right side of midfield. The Nemzeti Tizenegy have a chance to rebound on Tuesday, when they head back home to host Greece in their second group game.