This weekend, Real Salt Lake took a break from MLS duty. While a collection of players were making an appearance for the Monarchs in their USL opener against Saint Louis FC, two others were called up for international duty.
Demar Phillips played 77 minutes for Jamaica as they drew 1-1 with Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifying match. Red Bulls' Kemar Lawrence played the full game at left-back, grabbing an assist, which allowed Phillips to play in a more attacking role on the left wing. With Burrito Martinez missing for the trip to Kansas City next weekend, Phillips may have shown Jeff Cassar that he can be an option out wide after returning from a one-match suspension.
The two teams meet again on Tuesday (29th March).
Meanwhile, captain Kyle Beckerman was an unused substitute as the United States lost 2-0 to Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying. They too face off again on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, RSL youngster Danilo Acosta has been featuring for the USMNT U20 side in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States. The team also featured Sebastian Saucedo, currently on loan at Veracruz. The tournament is for a range of youth teams (U13s - U17s) and the one Men's group (U19), which also includes a Real Salt Lake U19 side and various teams from around the world.
The USMNT side failed to make it out of the group stage, beating Monterrey Rayados 1-0, losing to 2-1 to Fulham, and drawing 3-3 with 1899 Hoffenheim.
I'll be back with the riveting part two next week.