Heavy U.S. influence to El Salvador squad

[UNDER-20 WORLD CUP] Four players from the Washington-Baltimore area, three who spent time with Texas Rush as part of a multi-sport exchange program, a former Development Academy star from Utah and a former Florida youth star are among the players El Salvador called up for the Under-20 World Cup that begins next month in Turkey.

Former U.S. U-18 Romilio Hernandez, who plays for Baltimore Bays Chelsea, is headed to Louisville in the fall. Benjamin Diaz plays at the University of District of Columbia, while attended JC power Louisburg College and Bernardo MajanoCarlos Canas is a senior at Woodson High School in Northern Virginia and plans to attend Longwood College in the fall.

Kevin Barahona, Diego Coca and Giovanni Zavaleta also moved to Rush as part of an international exchange program between Rush and FESA, a multi-sport program to provide opportunities for Salvadoran youth.

Former Real Salt Lake AZ academy star Maikon Orellana, who moved to Denmark's Brondby last year, was a late call-up for El Salvador, which has been training in the USA to prepare for the Under-20 World Cup.

Born in El Salvador to parents from Argentina and raised in Florida, Tomas Granitto played for FGCU in 2011.

Goalkeepers:
Rolando Morales (Turin)
Adolfo Menendez (FAS)
Carlos Canas (Woodson H.S.)
Defenders:
Kevin Ayala (Turin)
Giovanni Zavaleta (Turin)
Miguel Lemus (Turin)
Marvin Baumgartner (FC Zurich/Switzerland)
Oliver Ayala (Leon/Mexico)
Midfielders:
Kevin Barahona (Turin)
Rene Gomez (Turin)
Diego Coca (Turin)
Jose Villavicencio (Turin)
Tomas Granitto (unattached)
Oscar Rodriguez(San Jose Sacare)
Bernardo Majano (Louisburg College)
Benjamin Diaz (University of the District of Columbia)
Romilio Hernandez(Baltimore Bays Chelsea)
Forwards:
Jairo Henriquez (Turin)
Jose Pena (Turin)
Roberto Alexis Gonzalez
Maikon Orellana (Brondby/DEN

2 comments about "Heavy U.S. influence to El Salvador squad".
  1. Luis Arreola, June 10, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.

    How many total from USA??

  2. Luis Arreola, June 11, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

    1/2 of these players are from one club, Turin, that has a team in 2nd and 3rd division. It is clear that they are comitted to new young talent exposure and it is paying off. They are in a good positition to move up to 1st division. 1st U20 W.C. for them. Coincidence??

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