Mexico calls up three Americans for U-17 camp

Mexico entered "concentración" for the Concacaf Under-17 Championship that begins Feb. 27 in Honduras with three Americans, two of them former U.S. U-17s, in camp. During their preparations, they'll play Mexico's U-18s, who just added former U.S. U-18 and Houston Dynamo academy star Christian Lucatero.

The most notable of the three Mexican-Americans is 15-year-old Edwin Lara, who was the youngest player starting on the U.S. U-17s until his switch to Mexico last year. Lara, a left back, played for various clubs in Northern California but never entered residency in Bradenton, Fla.

Abraham Romero spent a semester in Bradenton before returning to the LA Galaxy academy program. He is one of three goalkeepers in the Mexico camp.

Mexico's U-17s recently played in the U-18 Copa Chivas tournament, where they lost to Guadalajara on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Ivan Gutierrez has also been a regular on Mexico's U-17s. He was named to the Development Academy's Western Conference Starting XI for U-15/16s in 2014.

Mexico plays Canada, Haiti, Panama, St. Lucia and Costa Rica in Group B.

Lucatero, who signed a letter of intent to play for Oregon State, is considered the top prospect to ever come out of the Dynamo youth program. He previously played for the U.S. U-18s.

1 comment about "Mexico calls up three Americans for U-17 camp".
  1. Ric Fonseca, February 17, 2015 at 5:01 p.m.

    Reading this piece and Woitalla's piece on Ventura Alvarado, all I could think of was :"Gee folks, here we go again..." pointing out the number/names of US-born players of Mexican heritage now playing for a Liga MX or Mexican NTs, while at the same time lamenting that for some "mysterious reasons" these players are very well suited to play in Mexico, but they can hardly get a look by US MNT "scouts" while in country (except, of course, as Woitalla tells it, JK sent a scout to Mexico for a Ventura look-see)
    and then in the long run, lament the very fact that the players are lured away. It is sorta of mind-boggling, yet, it is a fact to be expected time and again....

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