Sounders center back Yeimar delighted with the first call up to Colombian Soccer Team

It has been a memorable season for Seattle Sounders defender Yeimar.

A candidate for Major League Soccer Defender of the Year and starter in the 2021 All-Star Game,Yeimar added to his list of growing achievements last week as he was called up to the Colombian National Team for the very first time in his soccer career. He will link up with Los Cafetaros for their World Cup Qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay.

Yeimar said, "I’m very happy for getting called up it’s a team achievement, not just me, and I’m very happy to go represent my country."

Yeimar’s inclusion on the call-up list for a pair of important games as Colombia seeks to earn a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year came as a surprise even to At the age of 29, Seattle’s commanding central defender had always dreamed of representing his national team but the chance never came his way.

He found out about his maiden call-up when his uncle called to inform him about the news. Certain that his uncle made a mistake, the defender checked social media and, to his rude shock, saw his name on the list alongside Colombian legends like David Ospina and James Rodriguez.

"As a professional footballer, the dream is always that you get called up to the national team and represent the national team, but I did not expect it at this time. That’s always been my dream. Now that I’ve got it, I’m very happy" he concluded.

The Sounder defender has sealed himself as one of the premier central defenders in the MLS across two campaigns with his side. Considered one of the top contenders for 2021 Defender of the Year, he leads the MLS in interceptions (86) and is currently tied for second in the MLS with tackles won (53).

While his maiden invite to Colombia is surely exciting as an individual achievement, it’s also proof of concept that talented soccer players can come to the MLS and break into the top national soccer teams in the world on the merit of the performances week in week out in the MLS.

His Head Coach Brian Schmetzer said, "It put a smile on my face, it just shows that the level of MLS is growing. When you have three center-backs that are all playing for their respective national teams, it’s pretty good. For Yeimar to be called in at this stage of his career, certainly shows that he’s been playing at a high level."

Off the field, the defender has been a major figure in a tight-knit Sounders side. A soft-spoken and humble defender by nature, his teammates are thrilled to see all of his recent hard work pay off on the biggest level in the international game and he has also tried to play few games on jeux de casino en argent reel.

Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan said, "All the players are extremely happy for him because he is so reliable, so dependable, he does so much for our team and he’s really a big character in our locker room. We are so proud of him. And his smile is really infectious, so seeing him really happy about his call up is something we were really ecstatic about."

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