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.