Timbers defender Juan David Mosquera and midfielder Santiago Moreno have been called up for the Colombian National Team January training camp.
They join teammate Eryk Williamson on the list of Timbers to receive the call from their national teams for January. In fact, the trio could take the field together for their respective countries as Colombia will face the U.S. Men's National Team in an international friendly in January 28. The pair are seen as key members of the Timbers future on the pitch, joining Gio Savarese's side with plenty of expectation.
So far, Santiago Moreno has impressed since signing for the club since signing from Colombian side CD América de Cali in July 2021. The winger contributed a team leading 7 goals and 9 assists through 34 games with the Timbers last season. As a result, Moreno has remained on the radar of the Cololmbian National Team, making his debut for Colombia in a in November of 2022. With the addition of Brazilian playmaker Evander from Danish club FC Midtjylland to the attacking ranks, Moreno could be poised for a lucrative 2023 season.
However, Juan David Mosquera has spent considerably less time as a Timber, having only played two games from the start. But after signing from Independiente Medellín in the middle of the 2022 MLS season, Mosquera will come into the 2023 campaign as the out and out starter for Gio Savarese on the right flank. On the Colombian side of things, the 20-year-old was called up to the national team in October of 2022, but did not feature. Mosquera will hope to make his debut for La Tricolor this month.
After the Colombian duo return to Timbers preseason, the team will head to Southern California to participate in the Coachella Valley Invitational. In the tournament, the Cascadia club will square off with LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, and NYCFC before returning for the start of the 2023 MLS campaign.