HOYOS CALLED TO ARGENTINA U-20 CAMP
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Over the weekend Argentina Under-20 boss Sergio Batista announced a 43-man roster for a U20 camp which included California-born and raised Estudiantes de La Plata midfielder Michael Hoyos.

This news will surely come as a bitter disappointment for US national team fans who have taken great interest in Hoyos and his sudden rise with the powerful Argentine club.

Hoyos, 18, has been with Estudiantes' youth teams the past three years but began his ascendency to the first team with a stunning goal against Boca Juniors during a preseason tournament. Since then, he has earned regular time with the first team to start the season.

The news will also serve as a setback for USSF officials who have tried to incorporate Hoyos into US youth national teams in recent years. In the fall of 2008, Hoyos was named to a roster for a US Under-18 camp. Also within recent weeks, US Under-20 officials have invited Hoyos into U20 camps as the they build towards the 2011 U20 World Cup.

Hoyos told YA earlier this month that he appreciated the US U20 invitations but he had to decline because he did not want to leave Estudiantes as he was trying to earn his place with the first team. He also said that he wanted to attend a US U20 camp in the future. This annoucement that Hoyos will take part in an U20 camp for Argentina will mark a change in direction for him.

It is important to note that Hoyos is still far from being cap-tied to Argentina. As a dual citizen he is eligible to represent both the US and Argentina. He will only be permanently cap-tied to a nation once he plays for a national team in an official competition.

Still, the news is a setback as it shows that Hoyos is on the national team radar for Argentina. It also most likely means that Argentina is his priority at the moment and playing for the US will probably only enter the equation if Argentina no longer appears to be an option for him.

YA has a clear policy in following only American players overseas who are either playing for the US national team (or youth teams) or have an express desire to play for the US. While Michael Hoyos may one day again fall into this category of being a US player, we now must consider him more Argentine than American in terms of soccer.

We will no longer be covering Michael Hoyos unless circumstances change and he either decides to attend a US camp or makes affirmative statements that playing for the US is in his future.
i_like_tuesday
Thursday February 25, 2010 2:13 pm
Why would he want to play for the USA when he would probably be ignored while Sacha Klejstan disappoints in his 12,347th chance to make the 2018 World Cup team?
Calitos
Wednesday February 24, 2010 10:55 pm
It's very true how countries as brazil England and other successful countries their football season is year around. I can imagine a player born and raised here but wasn't able to fully develop as the player they pictured so what happens? Off to Europe and sadly enough the player has dual citizenship and decides to play for that country rather than the USA...changes need to happen
B Small
Wednesday February 24, 2010 6:30 pm
First of all, everyone needs to calm down. This would be a huge loss for the US, but in the end we have no one else to blame but ourselves. For so long the USSF has been dumping money into a broken program known as the ODP. Often ignoring talented players who can't afford to be seen on club teams and in turn be seen by others.

The USSF also has to begin to start to get more serious about development in this country. We need to start with those who run the organization as well those who coach the teams at the various levels. Has anyone thought that some of these young men take a look at all of that as whole? These young men want to be part of successful programs and the US program right now is still lagging behind, despite all the money that has been spent.

Although I would like to see Micheal Hoyos play for the US. Chances are that it is not going to happen as it is hard to compete with Argentina. Just like Guiseppi Rossi and Subotic, the US will continue to lose players under its current management and development program.

I really think it is a bit disingenuous to stop covering Micheal Hoyos by the way since he hasn't indicated what he is going to do at this point.
james
Wednesday February 24, 2010 3:09 pm
for all those saying subotic left us the way rossi did, you're misinformed. subotic was driven away from the national team by rongen. he chose a couple of college players over subotic for the 2007 u-20 world cup and publicly criticized him in explaining why he wasn't chosen. i hope hoyos never even meets rongen because he won't want to play for us even if he knows he won't get a chance with argentina.
Jose
Wednesday February 24, 2010 11:26 am
The point is ,,the USSF is not serious,, Gulati is a joke,, and we need to put real coaches in the camp.. not colleges coach that not have international experiance ,the good players wants to play for usa team ,, the problem is the poor coaches we have and poor selection of players ,,they know that is no future and nothing to learn here ,, get serius ,, get first class coaches ,The kids just want a better future ,, and learn the game from the best,,they don't have it here ,, if Donovan or Dempsey would have dual nationality ,, and England will call them for the national team, you think ,they will said no .. ???knowing the coach we have?? be real
Charlie G.
Wednesday February 24, 2010 10:53 am
While its always disappointing to see a promising player choose to play for his other country, this is what it is - a choice. In Hoyos' case, it is hardly a done deal, as there is a big difference between being selected for a youth team and being capped for the national team. All of the players mentioned that we "lost" may have very different reasons, not all of them within the control of the USSF - that being said, I would agree that more should be done to widening opportunities for all players who show promise, to make choosing to play for the US as positive a decision as possible. But I am perfectly happy that if a player has been "courted" by the US system then chooses to play elsewere, then this is someone who obviously doesn't have the heart to put into the USMNT.
John
Wednesday February 24, 2010 4:06 am
This is a huge blow! Estudiantes is honestly better than any of the teams Americans play for, other AC Milan and Everton and possibly Fulham. More importantly, other than Donovan, Dempsey, Torres, and maybe Feilhaber, no one on our team is skilled enough to start in the Argentine league, much less for a team like Estudiantes! Hoyos shouldn't be getting called up to the U-20s, he should be getting called up to our senior team. I watched him start against Independiente and he's as good as any 18 year old American I've ever seen. How could he slip through the cracks?! We have such a huge Latino population, how come we can't integrate them into our system? We desperately need people with skills and a good understand of the game, since players from the American system tend not to possess those traits.
Brent Storrs
Wednesday February 24, 2010 3:21 am
I think everybody should just calm down for a second. This guy is 18 and has not played for either national team yet. Of course he will train with the U20's there. Like others have said he would not want to lose his spot on estudiantes. However, what are the chances he will some day not only play for Argentina but play often. I can not see him wanting to play for Argentina if he only has some minutes. He would need to be guaranteed a regular spot which is highly unlikely now or in the future. I'd say the chances are still good that he plays for the US. Time will Tell.
Dan
Wednesday February 24, 2010 12:23 am
Anyone else see this coming a mile away?

I could be persuaded that Bradley doesn't appreciate his Latino players as much as he could--Torres has certainly deserved more minutes than he's got. On the other hand, I don't want the USSF to lgo out of their way to court dual citizens who aren't fully ready to commit to the cause. That's a dressing room disaster waiting to happen--dual citizen feels they aren't getting enough love, other players feel they're getting too much, play on the field stagnates because of growing angst and distraction, etc.

What's interesting is that we the American fans feel highly betrayed that someone who we thought was one of ours could walk away, whereas I'm not sure Rossi, Subotic, or perhaps Hoyos really feel like betrayers, being free to choose between their two countries of origin. In fact, if I were any of those guys, I would feel betrayed by US fans, who seemed to have taken my free choice for granted and then abusing me when I made it. (Rossi, especially: he was just following in his family's footsteps. Up until he left for Europe, he was playing soccer in America--who said he was playing American soccer?)

Just my thoughts, anyways.
John
Wednesday February 24, 2010 12:01 am
Well, I'm not surprised. I think we should just expect that if we have a dual citizen he is most likely going to play for the superior national team. That being said, we haven't lost a chance for him completely. Argentina is a team/nation stacked with talent, and while he is talented I'm sure he's no prodigy. That means a) he might not ever make it to the first team, and b) he will receive very little playing time. He could do a switch like Castillo or Jermaine Jones. At any rate, we'll see.

We should just expect the worst from now on.
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