Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3/15/17: Jukka Will Be Called Away Often

The following are selections for the Finnish National Team for a World Cup qualifier in Turkey on March 24th and a friendly at home against Austria on March 28th: 

The WCQ will actually be on FS2 at 12:45 PM on March 24th. 

28 year old Crew SC left back Jukka Raitala has 36 appearances for the Finland national team since debuting in 2009 at 21.

But, 10 of those 36 appearances came just in 2016. 

Markku Kanerva has involved Jukka heavily since Kanerva became Manager in 2016.

In World Cup 2018 qualification in UEFA Group I~

Jukka started, played 90 the first qualification game against Kosovo in a 1-1 tie. 
Jukka came on as a 85th minute sub against Iceland in a 3-2 loss.
Played 90 in a 1-0 loss to Croatia on a Mandzukic goal.
Then played 90 in a 1-0 loss in Ukraine.

He's been called up to face Turkey in Turkey on March 24th. A result there could likely turn things around for Finland who haven't been bad and still have 6 games left in qualifying.

At least would help them catch the Turks. One thing at a time.

Raitala will also be involved in a friendly against Austria on March 28th.

Joining MLS shouldn't hurt Raitala's chances. Alexander Ring of NYCFC has played often recently as well and Schuller of Minnesota has been called up often. 

Have you liked his addition?

I've liked him and his demeanor. Not a lot of mistakes his way. Out of new additions, I'm putting him at or near the top so far.


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