Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ruelas headed to Celtic
by Paul Kennedy, September 16th, 2010 4:46PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, mexico, scotland, under-20 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Scottish club Celtic has announced that Adrian Ruelas, a member of the U.S. under-20 national team, will join the club as part of exchange program with Ruelas' Mexican club, Santos.

Ruelas, who scored three goals for the USA en route to its Milk Cup championship over the summer, was described as "an exceptional talent" by a spokesperson at Celtic, which reiterated that no formal agreement for Ruelas' transfer (loan or permanent deal) was reached.

The 6-foot-2 Ruelas would need to obtain a work permit to play in Scotland. Celtic's backup keeper, Dom Cervi, is American. The former University of Tulsa star was able to obtain an Italian passport that allows him to work in Scotland.

Ruelas will join Mexican World Cup player Efrain Juarez at Celtic. Juarez was able to obtain a work permit because of his record of participation on the Mexican national team.

Ruelas has represented both Mexico and the USA at the youth level. He was born in Fontana, Calif., and played in the Chivas USA academy program before heading to Santos in 2006.

He told the Mexican sports daily Record he is more Mexican than American but he has felt "very comfortable" since joining the U.S. under-20 national team this summer at a camp in San Jose.

He said it was a blessing that he had not been recalled by Mexico as it made him work that much harder.

He is one of dozens of Mexican-Americans who have crossed the border and joined the youth programs at Mexican pro clubs. And he is one of several players who have played for both Mexican and U.S. youth teams.

U.S. Soccer has this year aggressively pursued Mexican-based players like Ruelas for the U-20 national team.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
The Good, the Bad and -- holiday greeting cards    
Europe in a nutshell: A goal of the month volley from Italy, a dive of the ...
Gall and Gooch lead U.S. U-20s past Honduras    
The U.S. under-20 national team wrapped up its trip to San Pedro Sula with a second ...
Brazil captures women's tourney ahead of USA    
Brazil won the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia when it tied the USA, 0-0, before 11,000 fans ...
Claudio Lopez returns to Rapids as director of soccer    
Claudio Lopez, who played for Argentina in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, has returned to ...
What They're Saying: Tim Howard    
"I think the MLS have probably made their own problem. New York is owned by Manchester ...
Video Pick: A keeper gaffe for the ages     
The record will show that Lierse defender Arjan Swinkels scored an own goal in Saturday's 6-0 ...
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Brad Guzan made eight saves as 10-man Aston Villa earned a 1-1 tie with Manchester United. ...
Three takeaways from Liverpool-Arsenal    
Energetic attacking and sloppy defending in their 2-2 tie Sunday illustrated why Arsenal and Liverpool are ...
Three takeaways from Club World Cup    
Real Madrid's winning streak is now 22 games following its 2-0 win over San Lorenzo of ...
U.S. U-18s split two-game series with Germany    
The U.S. under-18 men's national team dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany's U-18s to finish with ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives