Rick Yeatts

Moises Hernandez called into U.S. U-20 National Team Camp

FRISCO, Texas (March 17, 2011) – FC Dallas Home Grown player Moises Hernandez has been called in to represent the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala from March 28 to April 10, U.S. Soccer announced today.

Hernandez will be available for FC Dallas’ season-opening match against the Chicago Fire this Saturday, March 19 at Pizza Hut Park. The defender will then join the U.S. U-20 team for training in Dallas on March 20. As part of the U.S. U-20 team, Hernandez will face his FC Dallas teammates when the FC Dallas Reserves play host to the U.S. U-20 National Team on March 24 at Pizza Hut Park. The match is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CT.

After five days of training, the U.S. U-20 team will depart for Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 25 to begin its quest to qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. Hernandez will rejoin FC Dallas prior to the team’s trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on the expansion Portland Timbers on Sunday, April 17.

Hernandez signed with FC Dallas as a Home Grown Player on July 30, 2010. He made his debut against 2010 UEFA Champions League winner Inter Milan on Aug.5, 2010 at Pizza Hut Park. Hernandez played five minutes in the 2-2 draw. His last call up to the U.S. U-20 team was for a team camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Jan. 2 to Jan. 13, 2011.

“We are absolutely delighted for Moises,” FC Dallas Technical Director Barry Gorman said. “Less than one year ago, Moises was playing for the FC Dallas Academy team. A short time later, he made his professional debut against Inter Milan. Now, he is a full time professional playing with the United States Under-20 National Team. His story is nothing short of a fairytale.”

About the CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group B of the CONCACAF tournament and will face Suriname on March 29 at 8 p.m. ET and Panama on April 2 at 6 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores. Both games will be televised on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

At the 12-team regional event, the top two teams in each group will advance to the tournament quarterfinals, and the four quarterfinal winners will seal a berth to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, set for July 29-Aug. 20 across eight cities in Colombia. The U.S. will be attempting to qualify for an eighth-consecutive time, having qualified for 13 U-20 World Cups since the tournament began in 1977.

The Americans have never won the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, but the tournament format returned in 2009 after 13 years without crowning a champion. With 12 FIFA U-20 World Cup appearances, the U.S. has qualified more than any other CONCACAF nation.

At the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship held in Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. opened with a 3-0 win against Jamaica and a 0-0 draw with Honduras. Needing a win or a tie against El Salvador to secure a place at the World Cup, FC Dallas star Brek Shea and Tony Taylor scored first-half goals en route to a 2-0 victory that sent the U.S. to Egypt and into the CONCACAF semifinals.

A scoreless semifinal against host Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain set up a dramatic penalty shootout. U.S. goalkeeper Brian Perk stopped two shots to send the U.S. to the championship match, where they would fall 3-0 to Costa Rica.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)

DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Djurgårdens IF; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sacir Hot (New York Red Bulls; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Columbus Crew; St. Petersburg, Fla.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (UANL Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.)

FORWARDS (5): Eder Arreola (UCLA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; El Paso, Texas), Bobby Wood (TSV 1860 München; Irvine, Calif.)