Serbia calls: MLS trio named for post-World Cup friendly vs. USMNT
The US men’s national team’s first test during the 2026 World Cup cycle will occur against three players from Major League Soccer.
A young centre back with experience, character, and pace, Serbian youth international Ranko Veselinović joined Whitecaps FC on loan from Serbian SuperLiga club FK Vojvodina in February 2020. In October of the same year, he was acquired via pemanent transfer and is signed through 2023.
'21: Veselinović established himself as one of the top young defenders in MLS after being named the club’s Most Promising Male Player in 2020. The native of Novi Sad, Serbia made 22 starts and 27 appearances in the regular season and led the team in blocks (22) and clearances (100). Veselinović notched his first MLS goal on August 8 against LA Galaxy. The youngster also started the Canadian Championship match against Pacific FC.
'20: Veselinović made 16 starts in 18 league appearances as part of the 'Caps young backline, adapting quickly with the pace and style of MLS. He finished tied for third across MLS with 22 blocks, and in the top 20 with 78 clearances. He also made the start against Sporting KC in the Round of 16 matchup at the MLS is Back Tournament. He set a new 'Caps single-match MLS record with six blocks against San Jose Earthquakes at the MLS is Back Tournament. He also had a five-block outing later during the season in a win over LAFC. The Serbian defender was named the club's Most Promising Male Player at the end of the season.
'17-'20: Prior to his arrival in Vancouver, Veselinović had played his entire career with his hometown club FK Vojvodina. A member of the youth academy since 2011, Veselinović made his first team debut on September 16, 2017 and signed his first professional contract on October 27, 2017. During the 2019-20 season in the Serbia SuperLiga, Veselinović was named team captain in the summer, had started 19 of the first 20 matches, and helped his side reach third overall in the league prior to the winter break. In total, the centre back made 59 league appearances for FK Vojvodina, as well as five appearances in the Serbian Cup.
Internationally, Veselinović has represented his country once at the senior level, starting a friendly against Dominican Republic in January 2021. He has also represented Serbia at the U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, and U-21 levels.
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