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NYCFC's Castellanos, D.C. United's Rodriguez earn Argentina U-23 call

A pair of MLS players have parlayed their strong campaigns at the club level into call-ups for Argentina's U-23 national team.

According to a report from Argentine outlet Olé, Lucas Rodriguez of D.C. United and Valentin Castellanos of New York City FC have each been summoned to the U-23s for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Mexico on Oct. 9 and Oct. 14. 

Rodriguez is in his first season in MLS for D.C. United after joining on loan from Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina, logging six goals and three assists in 31 games so far in 2019. The 22-year-old attacker has some experience on Argentina's international youth circuit, playing for the U-17 side when current U-23 head coach Fernando Batista was an assistant with the team. He also featured for his country at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea in 2017.

Castellanos has been a key cog for Eastern Conference-leading NYCFC, logging 11 goals and five assists in 28 games. The 20-year-old has yet to feature for any of Argentina's youth sides, but has put himself on the radar thanks to his strong season in the Bronx and will look to use the upcoming friendlies as a springboard for more looks from Batista going forward.

One MLS player who did not receive a call-up is Atlanta United's Ezequiel Barco, who was left off the roster while he continues to recover from a knee injury.