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SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC defender Nouhou has been named to the Cameroon National Team roster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. This marks the first FIFA World Cup call-up for Nouhou, who was included in Head Coach Rigobert Song’s 26-player roster for the upcoming tournament. Nouhou joins Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan as current Sounders FC players on their way to Qatar this month, with the pair named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster earlier today.

This marks the first FIFA World Cup appearance since 2014 for Cameroon, who was drawn into Group G earlier this year and is set to play Switzerland on November 24, Serbia on November 28 and Brazil on December 2.

“I could not be more excited for Nouhou to get the opportunity to represent his country at the World Cup,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We’ve had a front row seat to his talent and growth over the past few years, and I can’t wait to see him against the world’s best.”

Nouhou, 25, has 17 career caps for Cameroon dating back to 2018, including six appearances (five starts) during FIFA World Cup Qualifying. He also started all of six appearances during Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations fourth-place tournament run in early 2022. Nouhou has made 168 appearances for the Rave Green in all competitions since joining the squad in 2017, earning a 2021 MLS All-Star selection and 2022 Concacaf Champions League Best XI honors.

“Congratulations to Nouhou for an incredible honor,” said Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer. “We’ve seen for years what he can do on the field, and I think everyone in the Sounders community is excited to see what he can do on the global stage.”

Nouhou joins teammates Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan in Qatar, who were named to the U.S. Men’s National Team final roster earlier today at an event in New York City and via live broadcast on ESPN2. The three current players are the most that the Rave Green have ever seen selected for the tournament. Sounders FC defender Xavier Arreaga also remains in contention to be selected for Ecuador’s final FIFA World Cup squad.

Sounders FC finished the 2022 campaign with a 16-17-5 record across all competitions. The Rave Green became the first MLS side to win the Concacaf Champions League title in the spring, before a regular season that fell short of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in the club’s 14-year history. Seattle heads into the offseason with its sights set on the 2023 campaign, which begins with the FIFA Club World Cup.

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