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Nine Seattle Reign players received international call-ups during the FIFA international break.

Australia v Brazil Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images

It is a busy week for Seattle Reign FC’s international players. The United States kicks off two international friendlies against Mexico on Thursday, while seven Reign FC players will be competing in 2019 World Cup qualifying matches in the next few days.

Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long both received call ups for the U.S. Women’s National Team, who will face former Reign FC forward Katie Johnson and Mexico in Florida and Houston. Rapinoe has already seen significant playing time with the national team this year, while Long is trying to make the case for her continued inclusion on the roster in a crowded and competitive midfield. With many key defenders out injured, U.S. coach Jill Ellis will have some interesting choices among veterans and newcomers.

Naho Kawasumi received her first call up since 2015 and will be joining Japan for the Asian Cup — which serve as the AFC’s World Cup qualifiers — along with her Reign FC teammate Rumi Utsugi. Japan has been focused heavily on youth and has struggled to find cohesion over the last two years. Even if she doesn’t see much time on the field, Kawasumi will certainly be someone they rely on for veteran advice and reliable service.

Reign FC fans haven’t gotten to see Steph Catley and Lydia Williams with Seattle yet this year, as the Australian team was called in early to train for the Asian Cup. Catley has been injured and hasn’t seen any playing time with Australia this year, but it sounds like she’ll be healthy enough for these qualifiers.

Jodie Taylor and Jess Fishlock face off on Friday, as Wales looks to surprise everyone and hold back a tough England squad. With Taylor showing her strong form during Seattle’s opening match, she will be tough to contain. Luckily, Wales — currently sitting at the top of the group with one more game played than England — has a tiny dragon on their side.

On Monday, new Reign FC defender Theresa Nielsen returns to Denmark for a World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine. Denmark is currently tied at the top of its group with Sweden; both teams have a 2-0-0 record heading into this week’s matches.

Finally, on Tuesday Taylor and England travel to Zenica to face off against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who currently sit fourth out of five teams in their group. The Lionesses defeated Bosnia 4-0 in their prior match in November.

Also on Tuesday, Australia and Japan swap opponents as the Asian Cup group stage continues in Jordan, with the Matildas facing Vietnam while Japan plays South Korea.

The only matches airing on TV are the U.S. games, although we will certainly update this gamethread if we find streams for any other matches with Reign FC players. Follow the comments for updates on scores over the weekend as well.

How to Watch

Who: Bosnia and Herzegovina v. England (Taylor)
What: World Cup qualifier
When: Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 AM PT
Where: FF BH Football Training Centre, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Streaming: BBC

Who: South Korea v. Japan (Kawasumi, Utsugi)
What: World Cup qualifier
When: Tuesday, April 10, 6:45 AM PT
Where: King Abdullah International Stadium, Amman, Jordan
Streaming: None

Who: Vietnam v. Australia (Catley, Williams)
What: World Cup qualifier
When: Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 AM PT
Where: King Abdullah International Stadium, Amman, Jordan
Streaming: None

Results

Who: USWNT (Megan Rapinoe, Allie Long) v. Mexico
When: Thursday, April 5 at 4:00 PM PT

Result: USA 4 - Mexico 1
USA – Mallory Pugh (Megan Rapinoe); Alex Morgan (penalty kick);Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan); Carli Lloyd (Lindsey Horan)
MEX – Katie Johnson (Ariana Calderón)

Who: England (Jodie Taylor) v. Wales (Jess Fishlock)
When: Friday, April 6, 11:00 AM PT

Result: England 0 - Wales 0 (!!!)

Who: Japan (Rumi Utsugi, Naho Kawasumi) v. Vietnam
When: Saturday, April 7, 6:45 AM PT

Results: Japan 4 - Vietnam 0

Who: Australia (Steph Catley, Lydia Williams) v. South Korea
When: Saturday, April 7, 10:00 AM PT

Results: Australia 0 - South Korea 0

Who: USWNT (Rapinoe, Long) v. Mexico
When: Sunday, April 8, 10:30 AM PT

Results: USA 6 - Mexico 2
USA - Mallory Pugh (Megan Rapinoe); Lindsey Horan (Rapinoe); Carli Lloyd; Alex Morgan (Rapinoe); Rapinoe; Morgan (Rapinoe)
Mexico - Monica Ocampo; Kiana Palacios

Who: Denmark (Theresa Nielsen) v. Ukraine
When: Monday, April 9, 9:00 AM PT

Results: Denmark 1 - Ukraine 0

This is your gamethread to follow Seattle Reign players representing their countries during this international break. Watch and discuss all the action with us.