Two Sounders FC players called up for international duty

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June 4, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
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RENTON, WAS. – Two Sounders FC players have been called up for international duty, with defenders Nouhou and Stuart Hawkins joining their respective national teams in June. Nouhou heads to Cameroon for a pair of 2026 FIFA World CupTM qualifiers, while Hawkins joins the U-19 United States Youth National Team for a camp and friendlies in South America. Tacoma Defiance forward Osaze De Rosario has also been called up to the Guyana National Team for a pair of World Cup qualifiers.

Nouhou, 26, has 32 caps for Cameroon since 2018 and played every minute in all three of Cameroon’s 2022 FIFA World Cup™ matches, including the country’s historic 1-0 win over Brazil. The Douala native recently started all four of his matches for Les Lions Indomptables at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Cameroon continues its World Cup qualifying campaign with matches against Cape Verde on Saturday, June 8 (6:00 a.m. PT) and Angola on Tuesday, June 11 (12 p.m. PT). Cameroon currently leads the qualification for CAF Group D with four points (1-0-1) and a difference of plus three goals. Nouhou has started all thirteen regular season games for Seattle this season.

Hawkins, 17, is representing the USYMNT at U-19 level for the first time, having previously played for the U-16s and U-17s. The Fox Island native was last called up for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia, where he made four appearances (three starts) for the side, losing to eventual champions Germany in the round of 16. Hawkins joins the U-19s for a camp in South America before playing friendlies against Argentina in Buenos Aries on Friday, June 7 and Uruguay in Montevideo on Tuesday, June 11. This marks the final preparation for the U-19s before this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship in Guanajuato, Mexico, which will send four countries to the 2025 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile. Hawkins played every minute of Seattle’s 2024 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup run, and was also on the bench in the MLS match against the Portland Timbers (May 12) and St. Louis CITY SC (May 25).

De Rosario, 22, earns his second call-up for Guyana before featuring in a Concacaf Nations League match against Antigua and Barbuda on November 21, 2023, where he scored a goal in a 6-0 win. Guyana opens Concacaf Group D play against Panama on Thursday, June 6 (5:30 PM PT) and Belize on Tuesday, June 11 (3:00 PM PT). De Rosario scored two goals in nine games for Tacoma this season, in addition to one appearance for Sounders FC in the US Open Cup quarter-finals against Phoenix Rising FC (May 22).

After a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on May 29, Seattle Sounders FC travels to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, June 8 at Children’s Mercy Park (5:30 PM PT / Apple TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).

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