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Adam Buksa eyeing first cap for Polish National Team

Buksa was disappointed to miss September’s camp for the Polish National Team.

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Adam Buksa is focused on getting his first cap for the Polish National Team after missing an opportunity in September.

Buksa has represented Poland at various youth levels, but hasn’t yet debuted for the senior team. He did receive a call up in Nov. 2018 but didn’t appear in the friendly against the Czech Republic or the UEFA Nations League qualifying game against Portugal.

Buksa was again called up in Sept. 2020 but restrictions related to COVID-19 prevented him from participating in the camp. It was a moment that created disappointment for the lanky striker.

“I wanted to go for the camp very much because it’s a big privilege to be called up to the National Team,” Buksa told media. “The Polish National Team has always been my dream.”

Signing with the New England Revolution as a Designated Player on Dec. 12, 2019, Buksa hoped that a move to MLS would help him breakthrough with the national team.

After some early struggles, the 24-year-old has looked more comfortable with the Revs in recent weeks. He scored a goal against D.C. United on Sept. 27 and on Oct. 14 he had a goal and assist against the Montreal Impact. This most recent success earned him a spot on MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week.

Buksa isn’t a guaranteed starter for the Revs, having come off the bench for five of the last seven games. That could change, however, if he continues to etch his name onto the scoresheet. Of course, this would also open the door for Buksa to get his first Polish National Team cap.

“I was very disappointed [to miss out on the previous call-up]...but I understand the rules and I understand that the world has been crazy over the last year so I’ll have to respect that,” Buksa said. “Hopefully I’ll be performing as good as I did today to receive another call-up. Maybe then I’ll be able to go to Poland to play for my National Team.”