York9 FC defender Justin Springer has been called-up to the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team for upcoming home-and-away CONCACAF Nations League tilts against Belize, while midfielder Emilio Estevez has earned a call to Chinese Taipei for a World Cup Qualifier against Australia on Oct. 15.
Springer, 26, has made 11 appearances with York9 this season, typically deputized off the bench to step in for Daniel Gogarty, Roger Thompson or Morey Doner, as required. Estevez, 21, has 17 appearances and one goal for Y9.
Springer, from Burlington, Ont., joins to the national team fold after first receiving a call-up in September, which he had turned down in order to pursue meaningful minutes with the Nine Stripes at the time. Meanwhile, Estevez returns to the Chinese Taipei national team, having earned the honour of being the first CPL player to get an international call-up.
“It’s an absolute honour for any player to represent their country. It shows how much they’ve improved and their progression throughout the Canadian Premier League, that they’re getting recognized on the international stage,” said Jimmy Brennan, head coach York9 FC. “As a club we wish them well and as an organization we’re extremely happy to see them represent their countries.”
This isn’t Springer’s first call to the Saint Kitts and Nevis side, however; he’s made 10 appearances since making his debut in 2016. Estevez has yet to play for Chinese Taipei.
Springer will hope to be in action against Belize on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Belize, or on Sunday, Oct. 13 in his home of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Both matches are available on OneSoccer.