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Success continues over international break as four players take part

Crew SC players went unbeaten in seven World Cup qualifying games.

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The international break is over and the four Columbus Crew SC players called up for duty are returning to the team after a very successful break with their teams winning four times and tying three times while avoiding a loss in World Cup Qualifying.

Harrison Afful started twice and played 180 minutes over Ghana's two legged series against Comoros. The Black Stars tied 0-0 away setting up a tense second leg. Ghana jumped to an early first half lead and eased to a 2-0 win to get through the home and home qualifier and move on to the third round group stage.

DR Congo also advanced with Cedrick Mabwati playing 70 minutes in team's 3-2 win in first leg in Burundi. DR Congo and Burundi tied 2-2 in the second leg in Kinshasa to scrape into the third round. African Qualifiers will resume in 2016.

Justin Meram watched Iraq's 2-0 win over Chinese Taipai in Taiwan from the bench. Iraq cemented second place in their group behind Thailand with the win. Asia qualifiers resume in March 2016 with Iraq facing vital games against Thailand and Vietnam.

Kevan George helped Trinidad and Tobago to a solid start in CONCACAF qualifying. He played 28 minutes in the 2-1 win in Guatemala. George started and played 90 minutes in Trinidad and Tobago's 0-0 tie against the United States.

Full results below.

Player National Team Opponent Location Date and Time Minutes Played Result
Cedrick Mabwati DR Congo Burundi Bujumbura, Burundi Thurs. Nov. 12th - 8:30 AM Started - 70 Win 3-2
Harrison Afful Ghana Comoros Mitsamiouli, Comoros Fri. Nov. 13 - 7:00 AM Started - 90 Tie 0-0
Kevan George Trinidad and Tobago Guatemala Guatemala City, Guatemala Fri. Nov. 13 - 9:00 PM Sub - 28 Win 2-1
Cedrick Mabwati DR Congo Burundi Kinshasa, DR Congo Sun. Nov. 15th - 9:30 AM Did Not Play Tie 2-2
Justin Meram Iraq Chinese Taipei Kaohsiung, Taiwan Tues. Nov. 17th - 6:00 AM Did Not Play Win 2-0
Harrison Afful Ghana Comoros Kumasi, Ghana Tues. Nov. 17th - 10:00 AM Started - 90 Win 2-0
Kevan George Trinidad and Tobago United States Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Tues. Nov. 17th - 6:00 PM Started - 90 Tie 0-0

The New York Red Bulls also had players involved in qualifiers, all within CONCACAF. Karl Ouimette was called into the Canada team and played 180 minutes in two qualifiers. Kemar Lawrence also played 180 minutes in two qualifiers for Jamaica. Matt Miazga earned his first cap for the United States on Friday, playing 27 minutes in the 6-1 win against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.