FIVE AMERICANS CLOSE TO TIGRES FIRST TEAM
Moises Orozco could make the first team
In US soccer circles, UANL Tigres is known primarily as the home of Jonathan Bornstein, but the club has also become a magnet for Mexican-American youth players. More than a dozen Americans have spent time in Tigres' youth academy over the past few years.
As Tigres' first team reconvenes for preseason this month, the Mexican media has reported that nine academy invitees will vie for a place on the senior squad. Of these nine, five hold American citizenship.
The most prominent name of the quintet is Moises Orozco, a midfielder who was a member of the ill-fated US U-20 team that failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. He will be joined by winger Victor Garza, another player with U-20 experience.
Also receiving invitations are California native Juan Pablo Ocegueda and Houston-born Uvaldo Luna. Both Ocegueda, a left back, and Luna, a forward, have participated in US U-18 camps and are eligible for the 2013 U-20 World Cup. Ocegueda, who turns 18 next month, raised eyebrows after becoming one of the youngest players on Tigres' U-20 squad last season.
The group will be rounded out with midfielder Daniel Navarro, who hails from Berkeley, California.
Tigres opens the 2011 Apertura season against Cruz Azul in July 23.