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.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 10:55 pm
I am sorry but I feel like I have to chime in every time this happens. This isn't just a US thing. Camornesi is Argentinian, Adu is Ghanian. Kalou of Ivory Coast and Chelsea originally tried to join the dutch before the last World Cup. This is something that has probably benefited the US more than it has hurt us.

I do agree though coaching could probably improve.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 9:28 pm
and we missed him.... why?

I mean I know it's a big country, but c'mon....
Tuesday February 23, 2010 9:20 pm
i agree with brian flood. not only do we need to try to lock him down, but someone who is getting quality time for a club like estudiantes, that's better to me than orebro or any mls team. i'm still EXTREMELY bitter over subotic. if we haven't learned from that, lletget, gyau and every other good player should play for the other country because clearly they are the only serious ones. this is just hyperbole coming from a rant, but the point still strong and will weigh on the minds of those who are eligible.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 9:00 pm
Just because Argentina calls this kid in for a youth national team camp doesn't mean he's "world class." If you look at players like Rooney, Ronaldo, and Fabregas, those guys are identified at the youngest of ages by the Champions League teams. If he joins Chelsea or Barcelona next season then that pretty much sucks for us but otherwise he's probably just another "guy." The entire US national team is a bunch of "guys." We need to worry about getting "world class" players, not more "guys." The US will always have enough of them.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 8:57 pm
Guys we need to hold on here. We have 250 million plus people, we are going to miss players and some player will flat out not look for "better" options. I don't know about you guys, but I was laughing when the US went through to the semis this summer and Italy went crashing out. It was quite poetic justice and a big middle finger to Rossi. Subotic never really wanted to don the US jersey and when Serbia crash out of group play I will laugh again. I agree USSF needs to scout better, but what needs to change is the "old boy" system there.

Anyway, we don't really know what this kid is thinking about right now anyway. Maybe he sees it as a good chance to raise his profile on the international scene and then jump ship back to the US. Honestly him turning down the Argentina camp might have made him lose his newly gained spot in his club's lineup. He's not cap-tied yet, don't lose hope. Besides, my son will be next prodigy anyway and even though he'll be eligible for England and Germany, there's no way he's putting on anything but the stars and stripes. Come on you Yanks!!
Tuesday February 23, 2010 8:54 pm
the USSF doesn't cater to anyone - they are above that, which is why they will continue to be a second rate soccer team long after the U.S. is producing world class players - most of whom will be dual nationals]

get real Sunati, we can't keep losing these guys!
Silver Lion
Tuesday February 23, 2010 8:06 pm
Its really sad to hear this, but it can't all be lost I mean is he really good enough to compete for a spot in the Argentina squad? If he is, either USSF should fired a 1/3 of its force and replaces it with people from the Hispanic community or it starts a seperate federation to deal with Hispanic affairs merging as it outgrows the current one. The US will not be a top 10 team with the current program anyone that says other wise should open their eyes.

Either way, he can still switch back to the US? I mean, Aguero and Messi are going to be around for a LONG time.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 7:42 pm
Top Coaching, good one Jose. I would have to think you would eventually be pointing toward Maradona who has done a disastrous job coaching the Argentine national team and considering most of the national team leaves Argentina after they are 16 I am not sure I would really cite Argentina as being the hot bed for world class coaches. Are there other reasons to choose Argentina over USA- distance might be one. This move does not commit him to Argentina but lets him get his feet wet on the national team stage. This is not a major blow, they called in 42 kids and the chances this kid starts now and in the future is not in his favor- his displeasure for lack of PT might change his mind with US vs Argentina.
Tuesday February 23, 2010 7:13 pm
Sadly enough I find it very odd and I agree KFK...I remember if my memory is right it was against Costa Rica that Torres was pulled out during halftime and he in my opinion was controlling the midfield and was actually distributing and disrupting Costa Rica's play.

It just really saddens me that to me that this website seems to scout better than the USSF. Honestly, why is Ching still on Bradley's radar? Robbie Findley? Why don't we give guys like Marcus Tracy a shot or Michael Orozco? I understand his red card incident in the Olympics...but when I hear of Adu getting back in the WC bubble and not a player like Hercules Gomez it's really frustrating. And to finish my argument I'm really upset of losing top notch players to different countries. Subotic to Serbia, Rossi to Italy, Hoyos to Argentina (let's see what happens), I wonder where in the world is USSF searching? What's your opinion?
Kung Fu Kangaroos
Tuesday February 23, 2010 6:18 pm
It just shows that the USSF does not know how to connect with / relate to players with hispanic / latino backgrounds. Torres is a prime example. He was overlooked by the USSF youth system and currently does not get much playing time for the US National Team ... why would others want to play for us?
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