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Bulls Abroad: Kaku approved for Paraguay switch, likely to miss two MLS games for friendly vs. Japan

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Kaku’s international ambitions will leave the Red Bulls short-handed against Columbus and Seattle.

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While Kaku’s native Argentina didn’t even have him on their radar ahead of their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, the national team of his parents’ native Paraguay has no such glut of attacking talent.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that Alejandro Romero “Kaku” Gamarra was announced as a call-up for the Paraguay national team’s upcoming friendly against Japan the minute FIFA approved of his one-time switch - which it did earlier today, according to the New York Red Bulls official website.

Per the announcement, Kaku will leave the Red Bulls on June 4th and will return after the friendly on June 12th - meaning he is guaranteed to miss the team’s Fourth Round debut in the 2018 US Open Cup (~June 6th), along with a road game against the Columbus Crew (June 9th) and a home game against the Seattle Sounders (June 12th).

The Red Bulls are already slated to be without Michael Murillo and Fidel Escobar for the next 4-6 weeks as they represent Panama in the World Cup.

Additionally, Tyler Adams is expected to join the USMNT in Europe for a pair of friendlies in early June. Also, Derrick Etienne Jr. will be in Buenos Aires representing Haiti for a friendly against Argentina on May 29th.

All in all, the Red Bulls will be without at least five first team players for the start of June.