By Sam Vanolinda
Photo Courtesy of Cisco's Art
As the most critical two-game stretch in the club’s history arrives for Charlotte FC, the international break has also arrived, creating some absences ahead of the two games versus Miami, with the first game on Wednesday, October 18, in Fort Lauderdale.
There will be many absences for both Miami and Charlotte due to international duties and other reasons. Let’s take a look at the players who might not be playing in this season-defining match:
The Polish international saw game time against both Faroe Islands and Moldova this past window, scoring a goal in the second match. Świderski may be able to return since he has three days between the Moldova game on the 15th and Charlotte’s game on the 18th. It is unclear if he will be able to play on a short turnaround.
The fullback saw action for Finland in their 3-0 defeat against Slovenia and is expected to take part in Finland's game against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Tuiloma has not been included in Charlotte teams recently, but he has been called up for the New Zealand national team during the break. New Zealand take on Australia in an international friendly on Tuesday.
Ben Bender has missed recent games due to a knee injury, and it seems like he won’t be healthy for their trip to Miami.
Having missed the playoffs, the Inter Miami team that Charlotte plays will be completely different than the one they played in the Leagues Cup. Below is a list of players called up to International duty for their respective countries, with most in this list having a match one day before Inter Miami's clash with Charlotte FC, making it highly unlikely they get back in time for Wednesday's MLS clash.
Messi came in at minute 53 for Argentina in their win against Paraguay on Thursday and is expected to also take part in the Albicelestes match against Peru, which kicks off at 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday.
Martinez saw no action in Venezuela's historic 1-1 draw in Brazil as they look to clinch their first-ever World Cup birth. La Vinotinto will also play Tuesday against Chile in Venezuela.
Along with Jere Uronen, Taylor will be with the Finnish squad as they take on Kazakhstan in their Euro Qualifier on Tuesday at 12 pm Eastern Standard Time.
The Ukrainian center-back did not see action with Ukraine in their match against North Macedonia. Ukraine visits Malta on Tuesday.
The dual national will be with the United States Olympic team as they take on Japan in Arizona in a friendly on Tuesday.
The young Dominican midfielder could see action as the Dominican Republic takes on Barbados on Monday night in CONCACAF Nations League. With the the Dominican Republic playing on Monday, there is a slight chance Edison could make the match against Charlotte as of now, it seems highly unlikely.
The young Argentine was called up by Scaloni but was with the Argentina U-23 team in their match against Venezuela on Saturday. The midfielder will most likely return to Miami unless called up by Scaloni for their match against Peru on Tuesday.
The Canadian center-back saw action in Canada's 4-1 loss against Japan on Friday. With Canada only playing once this window, the Canadian defender could make it back in time for the match against Charlotte on Wednesday.
Inter Miami could also be without fullback Jordi Alba and striker Leo Campana who have both been out due to hamstring injuries but have a projected return date of mid-October.