VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Sergio Córdova has been called up to Venezuela's national team for upcoming CONMEBOL 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup Qualifiers in September.
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The Designated Player will be joining his national team for a pair of matches in the opening round of qualifiers. In the first match, Venezuela face Colombia on Thursday, September 7 at Estadio Metropolitano in Barranquilla, Colombia, with kickoff set for 4 p.m. PT.
Meanwhile, the second match on Tuesday, September 12 will see Córdova and his country play host to Paraguay, who feature fellow 'Caps teammate Andrés Cubas. Kickoff from Monumental Stadium of Maturín in Maturín, Venezuela is set for 3 p.m. PT.
Córdova has represented Venezuela 16 times at the senior level, taking part in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the 2021 Copa América and international friendlies. The forward was previously called up to the national team back in March for international friendlies but was forced to pull out of the squad due to injury.
In his youth, Córdova played for Venezuela’s U-23 and U-20 sides. At the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the forward played a pivotal role in Venezuela’s road to the final, as he finished tied for the second-most goals in the tournament with four.
So far, Córdova has started 14 of his 25 appearances across all competitions in his first season with the 'Caps, scoring four goals and adding one assist.