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Oct. 10, 2011
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer player Julian Cardona (Lincoln, Neb.) has been called into duty by the Puerto Rico National Team to play in two World Cup qualifying games. Cardona left Happy Valley following the Nittany Lions' 2-0 win over Penn on October 4 and is scheduled to be away for a week.
Cardona, a junior midfielder/forward who transferred from Butler in the offseason, started and earned 55 minutes of playing time in Puerto Rico's Group D World Cup qualifier with Caribbean rival Saint Kitts and Nevis on Friday in Bayamon, P.R., which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Cardona will now travel to Toronto where Puerto Rico will face the Canadian National Team at BMO Field on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Canada has dominated Group D, scoring 14 goals while allowing just one.
Puerto Rico trails Canada (3-0-0) and Saint Kitts and Nevis (1-0-2) in the Group D standings.
Cardona has started 10 of 11 games in his first season as Nittany Lion and currently leads the team in goals with three and is tied for the team lead in points with seven.
This week, Penn State's schedule features a non-conference road contest and a Big Ten home match. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Nittany Lions will travel to Akron, Ohio to face the No. 3-ranked Zips (8-1-2) in a 7 p.m. game at Lee Jackson Field. Four days later, on Sunday, Oct. 16, Penn State will welcome Northwestern (5-3-2, 1-0-1) to Jeffrey Field for a 2 p.m. clash, which will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.