Peruvian defender to join the senior national team in FIFA international period to face Chile, Argentina
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Timbers defender Miguel Araujo was called into the Peruvian Men’s National Team for the FIFA international period in October, the Peruvian Football Federation announced today.Araujo will join Peru to play in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament with matches against Chile (Oct. 12) and Argentina (Oct. 17). The 28-year-old defender will join the senior team in Lima, Peru, following the Timbers’ away match against C.F. Montreal on Oct. 7. This season, Araujo has tallied three appearances (two starts) for the Timbers since joining the team on June 30.Araujo has made 29 appearances for the Peruvian Men’s National Team. Most recently, Araujo started in Peru’s Sept. 7 World Cup Qualifying match against Paraguay, helping the team keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw. This year, he also logged a full 90-minute performance in a friendly match against Japan on June 16. Araujo received his first senior call up on March 27, 2013, and went on to make his debut on November 18, 2014, in a friendly match against Paraguay. Notably, Araujo featured in Peru’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and the 2019 and 2021 Copa America squads for Peru. Additionally, the defender played for Peru’s U-17 and U-20 squads, making appearances in the 2011 South American U-17 Football Championship and the 2013 South American Youth Championship.
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