SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC defender Nouhou has been named to the Cameroon national team roster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. This is the first FIFA World Cup call-up for Nouhou, who was part of head coach Rigobert Song’s 26-man squad 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 United States Men’s National Team roster earlier today.
This is the first FIFA World Cup appearance since 2014 for Cameroon, who were drawn into Group G earlier this year and are set to face Switzerland on November 24, Serbia on November 28 and Brazil. December 2.
“I couldn’t be happier that Nouhou has the opportunity to represent his country at the World Cup,” said Sounders FC chief executive and football chairman 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 play against the best in the world.”
Nouhou, 25, has 17 career caps for Cameroon since 2018, including six appearances (five starts) in FIFA World Cup qualifying. He also started all six appearances in Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations fourth place tournament at the start of 2022. Nouhou has made 168 appearances for Rave Green in all competitions since joining the team in 2017, earning a 2021 MLS All-Star Selection and 2022 Concacaf Champions League Best XI Honors.
“Congratulations to Nouhou on an incredible honour,” said Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer. “We’ve seen for years what he can do on the court, and I think everyone in the Sounders community is excited to see what he can do on the world stage.”
Nouhou joins Qatar teammates Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan, who were named to the U.S. Men’s National Team final roster earlier today at an event in New York and via live stream on ESPN2. The current three players are the most the Rave Green has 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 in all competitions. Rave Green became the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League title in the spring, ahead of a regular season that failed to reach the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in 14 years. club history. Seattle heads into the offseason with its sights set on the 2023 campaign, which begins with the FIFA Club World Cup.