Rongen Calls Up 8 Mexican-Based Players

Rongen Calls Up 8 Mexican-Based Players

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 1, 2010
  • U20 National Team

Talk about an interesting move for U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen. Eight players based at pro clubs in Mexico, plus one based in Brazil, Costa Rica and Portugal were called up to camp that begins Monday in San Jose.

That is some diversity folks. Ten players from the college ranks were also called into camp including some usual faces including two from the U-17 World Cups in Earl Edwards (who will be a freshman at UCLA) and Zac MacMath (Maryland).

Honestly this is something we’ll likely need to get used to seeing going forward. With youth systems bringing in players from all over and growing rapidly players are getting more chances abroad at a younger age now.

The troubling fact though is that most of these foreign based players aren’t making noise in Major League Soccer, at least not yet. Just another concern about the league for some out there. Until the salary cap is up and a reserve league is back in place we will likely continue to see this sort of thing happen in the U17-U20 ranks.

Below is the roster for the camp:

GOALKEEPERS: Earl Edwards (UCLA), Zac MacMath (Univ. of Maryland), Justin Perez (Monterrey/Mexico)

DEFENDERS: Cristian Flores (Monterrey/Mexico), Greg Garza (Sporting/Portugal), Sacir Hot (Boston College), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson SC), Aubrey Perry (Univ. of South Florida), Gerardo Saavedra (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Zarek Valentin (Univ. of Akron), Ethan White (Univ. of Maryland)

MIDFIELDERS: Kevyn Batista (Desportivo Brasil/Brazil), Steven Birnbaum (Univ. of California), Victor Garza (Tigres/Mexico), Ernest Nungaray (Morelia/Mexico), Moises Orozco (Real So Cal), Dillon Powers (Univ. of Notre Dame), Roberto Romero (Cruz Azul/Mexico); Conor Shanosky (D.C. United Academy)

FORWARDS: Julio Cesar Castillo (Monterrey/Mexico), Adam Jahn (Stanford Univ.), Ronald Medrano Williams (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Adrian Ruelas (Santos/Mexico), Omar Salgado (Guadalajara/Mexico)