[U.S. UNDER-20 MEN] Eight players based at pro clubs in Mexico were called up by Thomas Rongen for the U.S. under-20 national team camp that runs through Monday in San Jose.
Such is the diversity of players available for selection that 11 are based abroad. Besides the eight in Mexico -- three at Monterrey and one at Tigres, Morelia, Cruz Azul, Santos and Guadalajara -- one player each from clubs in Brazil, Costa Rica and Portugal are in camp.
There are also 10 players from the college ranks, including the starting goalkeepers for each of the last two U-17 World Cups in Earl Edwards (who will be a freshman at UCLA) and Zac MacMath (Maryland).
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)