Homegrown players Alejandro Zendejas & Jesse Gonzalez called into youth national team camps

FRISCO, Texas (Monday, May 4) – FC Dallas midfielder Alejandro Zendejas was recently named to U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams’ 20-player roster for the team’s first domestic training camp of 2015 in East Hanover, New Jersey.

The camp began on Saturday, May 2, just a few hours after Zendejas made his professional debut in a 4-1 win against the Houston Dynamo. The El Paso-born Homegrown player came on for Fabian Castillo in the 86th minute.

The U.S. U-17 National Team camp will continue through Monday, May 11, with the team holding practice at New York Red Bulls’ practice facility. This marks the first time the team gathers in a full-time capacity since it competed at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras earlier this year.

The team finished CONCACAF qualifying with a 3-1-2 record to secure a spot in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, following a 5-4 shootout victory over Jamaica on March 15. The 2015 U-17 World Cup will be held from Oct. 17 to Nov. 8 in Chile.

Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez is also in camp, with Mexico’s U-20 National Team. The 19-year-old joined El Tri on Sunday, April 26, for a camp that runs through this Sunday, May 10. Mexico is preparing for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which begins on Saturday, May 30, in New Zealand.