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Jefferson Savarino gets the call to Venezuelan National Team

After drawing two starts during Venezuela’s Copa America run, Jefferson Savarino is getting called back for international duty.

Real Salt Lake announced Savarino will be available for the club’s match on Saturday against Portland Timbers before joining Venezuela for an upcoming friendly against Columbia on Sept. 9

“Jefferson has shown his quality and it’s great to see him continue to get called in to Venezuela,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said in a statement.  “It’s such a great reward for his continued hard work and development.”

While Savarino’s goal-scoring abilities haven’t shown in the same way they have in MLS play, Savarino notched his first international goal in an international friendly against the U.S. on June 9. During Copa America, he started two of Venezuela’s four games. 

Savarino made his international debut in Rio Tinto Stadium in 2017, the first of his nine career caps. 

Savarino is coming off a goal-scoring performance in a 2-0 win against the Colorado Rapids. The goal was his seventh of the season, ranking him third in scoring for RSL behind Albert Rusnák and Sam Johnson. The goal also made Savarino the fifth player in RSL history to score 20 career goals in MLS competition. Savarino has tallied five assists in his third MLS season. 

Savarino started Venezuela’s first 2019 Copa America match against Peru but was subbed off in the 69th minute of the match for Darwin Machis. Venezuela’s attack proved unintimidating in the 0-0 draw against Peru but didn’t fare much better when Savarino sat on the bench in another 0-0 draw against Brazil.  Savarino’s last international appearance this year was a Copa America start in a 3-1 win against Bolivia. He went unutilized in Venezuela’s 2-0 loss to Argentina.

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