Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana was named to the United States Men’s National Team roster on Tuesday as the squad prepares for two international friendlies against England and Italy during the FIFA International break.
Per the Timbers, Villafana will leave the team following Thursday’s semifinal match at the Seattle Sounders to join the national team.
The U.S. takes on England next Thursday, Nov. 15th in Wembley Stadium. They will then face Italy the following Tuesday, Nov. 20th in Belgium’s Luminus Arena.
More from the Portland Timbers press release:
Villafaña has earned 19 caps (15 starts) for the U.S. Men’s National Team, including six appearances (6 starts) during qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Additionally, since making his senior team debut for the United States on July 26, 2017, Villafaña helped the team win the Concacaf Gold Cup trophy in 2017, making four appearances (4 starts) in the tournament. Villafaña led the USMNT with 15 appearances in 2017, becoming just the third USMNT player in the modern era to lead the side in caps during his debut year.
Since rejoining the Timbers in August, Villafaña has made eight regular-season appearances (7 starts), recording one assist against Minnesota United FC on Sep. 22. He also has logged 180 minutes in two starts in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.