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Americans in Mexico
May 13th, 2009 7AM

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[MAKING A LIST] Mexico's pro ranks are an increasingly important feeder for the U.S. national team program. Fourteen Americans played in Mexico's top two pro leagues in 2008-09. They included First Division players Jose Francisco Torres and Michael Orozco, who have played on the national team in World Cup qualifying, and Jose Gonzalez, who spent time this season with Potros Chetumal in the Second Division and has been called up to next week's U-20 camp in Sarasota, Fla.

Division 1:
PLAYER (CLUB -- HOME STATE) 2008-09 STATS
Edgar Castillo
(Santos/Club America -- New Mexico) 34 games, 1 goal
*Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca -- Texas) 31 games, 1 goal
Michael Orozco (San Luis -- California) 21 games, 1 goal
Daniel Hernandez (Jaguares/Necaxa -- Texas) 19 games
*Marco Vidal (Indios Juarez -- Texas) 12 games
Jesus Padilla (Guadalajara -- California) 8 games, 1 goal

Division 1A:
PLAYER (CLUB -- HOME STATE) 2008-09 STATS
Sammy Ochoa (UAG Tecos II -- California) 26 games, 5 goals
Carlos Borja (Tapatio -- California) 26 games, 1 goal
Jesus Padilla (Tapatio -- California) 18 games, 6 goals
*Sonny Guadarrama (Monarcas Merida -- Texas) 14 games, 1 goal
Marco Vidal (Indios Chihuahua -- Texas) 8 games, 1 goal
Noel Castillo (Indios Chihuahua/Irapuato -- New Mexico) 7 games
Miguel Gonzalez (Potros Chetumal -- Florida) 4 games
Jose Gonzalez (Potros Chetumal -- California) 3 games
Gustavo Ruelas (Santos Laguna II -- California) 3 games
Miguel Ponce (Tapatio) 1 game
*Playing in playoffs.



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