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February 9, 2011 11:46 PM

The U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team is in Guadalajara, Mexico this week training and competing against local Mexican youth clubs such as Atlas and Chivas de Guadalajara. Coach Manny Schellscheidt, a long-time member of the U.S. Soccer coaching staff, invited a group of 36 players on the trip, including US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region II member Julian Castro; a Latino player, as well as 31 other US Youth Soccer ODP players; two of which are from Carmel United, Alex Knox and Cameron Lindley.  

As Julian Castro is demonstrating, Latino players have been recruited to participate with different U.S. National Teams. This should be an encouragement for parents in the Latino community to consider investing in their children’s dream to play soccer at a high level.

"It's a lot of fun. There are a lot of sights you can see," Castro said. "Not a lot of people get that chance. You get to play with a lot of players who have different skills. It makes you better."

The Lorain, Ohio resident has had success with his club team as well. Playing for Concordia Royal of Cleveland, Castro helped lead them to the 2010 US Youth Soccer Ohio North State Championship, where they went on to finish second in their group at the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships, and also a first place finish in their division of the Fall 2010
US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League.
Indiana Soccer and its Olympic Development Program expect to see more involvement of young players from the Latino community as they continue to pursue opportunities as has Julian Castro.
If you have questions about how to be involved, you may reach Paco Espinosa at