OKLAHOMA CITY – Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi and defender Atiba Harris have both earned another call-up to represent their respective national teams in the CONCACAF Nations League tournament this week, Head Coach Steve Cooke announced today. The two faced one another in their first match of the competition, as Harris’ St. Kitts & Nevis side defeated Puerto Rico 1-0 on September 9, despite Laurendi having a man-of-the-match performance.
Laurendi is representing the Puerto Rico national team for the third time in his career. Last season, he represented the island nation in their 0-0 draw in an international friendly against Indonesia. With Energy FC, Laurendi is the team’s all-time leader in wins (24) and clean sheets (23). Puerto Rico hosts Martinique on October 13 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Harris has represented his country at the U-13, U-15, U-17, U-20, U-23 and full national team level. In all, he has represented his country 61 times and has scored 14 goals at the international level. With Energy FC this season, he’s appeared in 14 matches, played 1260 minutes and scored one goal. St. Kitts & Nevis will travel to Anguilla to take on Saint Marteen on Sunday, October 14.
The CONCACAF Nations League gives the federation’s members the opportunity to play in top-level matches as well as qualify for the 2019 Gold Cup. The new 16-team Gold Cup is the biennial soccer championship of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The winner of the Gold Cup has the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The two will miss Energy FC’s match at Saint Louis FC on October 13 – the last match of the season.
“Once again, we are delighted for Cody and Atiba to be given another opportunity to represent their countries at the National Team level” said Cooke. “It is a tremendous personal honor, and one that they and their families should be extremely proud of. It is testament to their hard work, character, and their excellent performances for Energy FC during recent months. We are incredibly proud of Cody and Atiba, and wish them every success during these upcoming games.”
Energy FC has had four players receive international call-ups while with the club. In addition to Laurendi and Harris, Jaime Siaj has represented the Jordan national team, and Coy Craft represented the U.S. U-20 team.