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Five Santos youth players earn national team calls

16 de Octubre del 2017 5:30 pm.

Mexico’s youth national teams have called five Santos youth players to take part in upcoming U15 and U16 training camps.

Midfielder Ronaldo Zinedín Hernández began his concentration with U15 squad on Monday in the Mexican state of Sonora, where the team will play two friendly games as a tune-up to a final game in Arizona in the United States.

Head coach Marcos Ayala will lead the group in Sonoran territory, with games tomorrow and Thursday against Caborca and Nogales, respectively.  On Friday, the team leaves for Tuscon, Arizona where they are set to play their final match on Sunday.

Defender Ruben Perez Vertti, Midfielder Diego Medina and forward Jordan Carrillo will join goalkeeper Hector Holguin in camp with Mexico’s U16 team in Mexico City at the Federation’s High Performance Center.

The four Guerreros - who form part of Santos’ undefeated U17 team - will hold a short training during the week with games scheduled against four Mexico-based teams between Monday and Thursday: America and Toluca on Wednesday; Pumas and Cruz Azul the day after.

Medina and Carrillo make up almost a third of Santos’ total goal tally for the 2017 Apertura. Carrillo has four goals and Medina five, having recently nabbed a brace in Santos’ 4-1 win over Atlas on Sunday.  

The U17 Guerreros currently sit six points clear in first place and lead the U17 category in goals scored with 29 over 12 games.  

Holguin, an El Paso, Texas-native, has been a regular call-up for El Tri’s U-16, and regularly trains with first team institutional coach Nicolas Navarro.