US U20 DUO CALLED UP BY MEXICAN U20'S
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, January 19, 2012
Only 10 days after they finished playing for the US U-20 team, Juan Ocegueda and Uvaldo Luna have been called up by Mexico U20s.

Both players play for Tigres and the website Solo Tigres broke the news on Wednesday night.

It is likely that both players will accept the callup and neither player will have to file a switch to play for Mexico at this time.

Ocegueda, a left back by nature, has seen extended time with the US over the past year and he was part of the 2011 Milk Cup team that finished in third place. He was considered to be a big piece of US U20 head coach Tab Ramos' plans moving forward in the U20 cycle.

Luna, 18, has seen occasional minutes in 2011 with the US U-18 team.

It is unclear where the international future for Luna and Ocegueda will be but this potential defection shows that the battle for Mexican-American talent will only intensify and it will be difficult for the US to compete against the popular El Tri.
jon
Thursday February 2, 2012 5:52 pm
none of this matters.
we got big time timmy jim chandler.
Martin
Saturday January 28, 2012 10:28 pm
Ed C,

What makes you think these guys don't speak English?

Ocegueda was born in Riverside, CA. Luna is from Texas. If you want proof, Luna is on You Tube speaking real english.

Here a quote from the MLS website about Tigres US contingent:

"Friends as well as teammates, the Americans in Tigres say they have adapted relatively easily to Mexico because their parents are all from south of the border and they grew up speaking both Spanish and English. However, all miss aspects of life in el norte.

...Added Luna, who has been at Tigres since he was 13, I miss my family a lot, I'm not going to lie. But [this is] something I've been chasing after; it's a dream.
Ed C.
Wednesday January 25, 2012 10:23 am
although Mexico gets the best of us once in a while, the USA has the better team hands down! let's play the best of 7 series and i guarantee that we'll win it!

these dual nats are obvously more mexican, living and playing there and speaking spanish every day. your language is part of your culture and if they don't speak englsih, how can they feel american when they're missing out on what american is?!?!
rick-boston
Wednesday January 25, 2012 1:30 am
haha, what a laugh , only reason kids choose america is cuz mexico doesnt call them up? is so unfactual, . And Who would want to play for a nation that has one of the biggest sore-loser reputations in all of world sports ... HA especially when the us beats them..... marquez and the goale that looks like a girl come to mind immediately as some of the most disgusting bratty acts in the hostory of the game,,,,,

mexican football has been leveled and will be surpassed by the usa and will be left in the dust for good over the next decade or two...... dust

freespeech
AEL
Monday January 23, 2012 3:25 am
I agree once you choose to play for antoher nation you should not be allowed. I think we need to realize the harsh reality, that Luis says Mexican Americans will never chose AMerica if they have to the opportunity to choose play for both. But what I don't agree with is that US will never reach the level of Mexico. We are already past the level of Mexico have beaten them several times, and we have proven in the past dos a cero world cup 2002, that we are past them and don't need in mexican american players. Donovan, Dempsey, Howard or all better than any mexican players in Europe except one, so are Bradley, Owenyi, so you can have all the mexican american players, were better and will beat you again and again without them.
luis
Sunday January 22, 2012 4:34 pm
I don't blame them for choosing Mexico, I can assure you that must dual players would rather play for Mexico and the only reason they choose the u.s its because Mexico doesn't call them up.. truth is no matter how many players the u.s gets that are dials the u.s will continue to take the players that are not wanted by Mexico and therefor the u.s will never reach Mexico's level.
dmn001
Sunday January 22, 2012 11:38 am
It would be nice for all players to fully commit to the Stars n Stripes without any El Tri drama. I'll take the half full approach: a. If these players had unquestionable footy skills, they'd already be committed to either squad instead of wavering in between; b. Doesn't hurt to keep sharp and hone their skills with El Tri; c. Expect an 18-19 year old to make a life changing decision easily? With outside pressures, no doubt. Yeah, right.

Best if luck to all dual nationals. Win some, lose some. Team USA will get the players they need. Evolution of US soccer via Klinsmann.
rui
Saturday January 21, 2012 6:47 am
i feel that once you turn away from America, than there should be no way back. You are done as far as ever playing for the USA again. dont take the honor of playing for our country lightly or as second class. As a fan of our country, once you turn away from us to play for someone else, you are dead to me. i dont care how good you are. i am a naturalized citizen who came here legally and took an oath to become an American. i sometimes think that people take their citizenship far too lightly. if either of these kids ever wanted to come back, i hope they would be denied. they are done to me.
theakinet
Saturday January 21, 2012 2:50 am
@Budda in 2011 the french fa tried to id dual-national french players that were receiving french training then switching before they made the switch and cutting them off. it became a huge racial thing so france is still spending money on algerian/tunisian/senegalese players etc.
Bubba
Friday January 20, 2012 7:58 pm
they need to make sure that if we spend money on these boys that we get something in return. I propose a signing of at least a couple of years guaranteed commitment to the USNT when they come from a US academy.
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