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Bulls Abroad: Kaku called to Paraguay squad for South Africa friendly

Juan Carlos Osorio’s first game as head coach of Paraguay could be Kaku’s second for his new national team.

MLS: D.C. United at New York Red Bulls Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Red Bulls playmaker Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra has been named to (former RBNY head coach) Juan Carlos Osorio’s squad for Paraguay’s friendly against South Africa on November 20.

Osorio was appointed to the Paraguay job in September. Kaku was summoned to a get-to-know-you national team training camp in October, and is now in the squad for what will be La Albirroja’s first game under its new head coach.

Paraguay will play South Africa in Durban on November 20 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge. If he makes it on to the field, Kaku will pick up his second cap for his new national team. The 23-year-old was born in Argentina and represented the country of his birth at the 2015 U-20 World Cup. But he switched allegiance to the country of his parents’ birth, Paraguay, earlier this year, winning his first cap as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Japan in June.