Houston Dynamo organization has 10 players called to international duty
By Louis Roesch
The Houston Dynamo may not be the best team in Major League soccer but there is little doubt that they have some of the best soccer talent throughout the organization. Ten players were recently called into international camps.
Seven first team Dynamo players were called into camps throughout the planet, the organization announced yesterday afternoon. Dynamo Dos player Joyner Castillo and two Academy players received call ups as well.
Headlining the first team call-ups for the international camps was midfielder Hector Herrera. The Mexican international's call-up was perhaps the most surprising considering he has missed six consecutive matches due to a leg injury. It will be interesting to see if he plays in Mexico's friendlies on September 24th and 26th.
Midfielders Coco Carrasquilla and Darwin Ceren along with forward Sebas Ferreria also got the call to their respective country's senior teams. The latter three are all with El Naranja in California for the LAFC match before departing for camp.
Forward Thor Uhlfarrson and Dynamo 2 players Juan Castilla, Xavier Valdez and Joyner were called into national team youth camps. Uhlfarrson is part of Iceland's U-21 team that will play a home and away U-21 UEFA EUROS qualifiers agaonst their Czech Republic counterparts. Castilla will be with the Columbia U-20 side for a pair of friendlies. He has previously played with U-19 U.S. National side. He is eligible for selection by either side for FIFA matches.
Castilla, a Dynamo 2 midfielder will be with the Columbia U-20 side for a pair of friendlies. He has previously played with U-19 U.S. National side. He is eligible for selection by either side for FIFA matches.
Dynamo Dos keeper Xavier Valdez is a mainstay with the U-20 Dominican Republic team whom he helped qualify for the U-20 FIFA World Cup and 2024 Olympic Games. He will face off against a pair of friendlies against Castilla and his Columbian team on September 24th and 27th.
Castillo was invited to join the U-20 Honduran National team.
Academy players Andre Gitau and Zeke Soto join the U-17 US National Team at the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic now through September 25th. Gitau most recently played in the MLS NEXT All-Star game this past summer in Minnesota. Soto making his fifth appearance with the youth national side is the youngest player on the roster at 15 years old.