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Jose Villarreal named to United States U-20 roster ahead of CONCACAF Championship

Jose Villarreal and Javan Torre of the LA Galaxy academy were named today to the United Stated U-20 roster ahead of the CONCACAF Championship. The roster also has an interesting case in the continuing fight for dual nationals.

Ric Tapia

LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal was named to the United States U-20 roster ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship being held in Puebla, Mexico from February 18th to March 2nd. The 19 year old from Inglewood will leave for Puebla tonight for ten days of training as the US looks to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the thirteenth time.

Galaxy academy defender Javan Torre, who recently completed his first season at UCLA, is also included in the 18 man squad.

Also of note is the inclusion of JP Ocegueda. Born in Riverside and plying his trade in Mexico, he's been courted by both countries. He's stuck with the US, but now after being released by Tigres UNAL is playing with CD Guadalajara. There are rumors he's being sent to Chivas USA because his affiliation with the US team makes his ineligible for Guadalajara (link).

These cases where the US and Mexico are in a fight for young Mexican-American talent are always interesting, especially one the highlights CD Guadalajara's platform on the issue and the oft rumored increased link between Guadalajara and Los Angeles.

The party line is currently that the US is getting better at retaining dual nationals. Now if only MLS could keep them away from Liga MX.