COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Colorado Rapids defender Moïse Bombito has been called up to the Canada Men’s National Team ahead of the 2023 Concacaf Nations League Finals, which will take place in Paradise, Nevada, from June 15-18, Canada Soccer announced today.
“We’re tremendously proud of Moïse to not only earn his first senior call-up, but to do so ahead of two important matches for Canada’s men’s national team,” said Colorado Rapids President Pádraig Smith. “Moïse is only beginning to realize the depth of his potential and we couldn’t be more excited to see him continue his development with an opportunity like this.”
Bombito, 23, is in his first season with the Rapids after being selected third overall by the club in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft from the University of New Hampshire. He made his MLS debut on May 13 and has gone on to make five appearances for the Rapids, recording 211 minutes and two starts since.
During his collegiate career, Bombito was named the 2022 America East Defender of the Year and was a Second-Team All-American selection after helping lead a New Hampshire defense that ranked third in the NCAA with a 0.5 goals against average in 2022. Bombito was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy that year, along with being named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and being selected to the All-ECAC First Team. The Montreal, Canada, native began his collegiate career at Iowa Western Community College where he won the NJCAA National Championship in 2021 and also spent time in USL League 2 with Seacoast United Phantoms, scoring three goals across 10 appearances in 2022.
Canada will face Panama in the Nations League Semi-Finals on June 15 at Allegiant Stadium. The winner will advance to the Nations League Final and face off against either the United States or Mexico on June 18; the two losing sides from each semi-final will contest the third-place game on the 18th prior to the final.