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Two Dallas natives called to U.S. Under-20 National Team Camp

By FC Dallas



SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Wanderers fans cheer their team during a Western Sydney Wanderers A-League training session at Blacktown International Sportspark on April 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Wanderers fans cheer their team during a Western Sydney Wanderers A-League training session at Blacktown International Sportspark on April 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia

FC Dallas Homegrown player Kellyn Acosta and former FC Dallas Academy teammate Danny Garcia have been called into U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team camp by head coach Tab Ramos, U.S. Soccer announced today.

The Dallas natives are two of 23 players attending an April 22-29 training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The team is preparing for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place June 21-July 13 in Turkey.

Acosta and Garcia were members of the FC Dallas’ U-17/18 Academy championship team in 2012. Garcia had a goal and assisted the game winner as FC Dallas captured its first Academy title with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BBVA Compass Stadium inHouston on July 22.

Acosta, 17, is being called in to represent the U.S. U-20 team for the first time. Born on July 24, 1995, Acosta is the youngest member of the team by 226 days. He captained the U-18 MNT againstFrance and Romania last year.

This camp marks the first for the U-20s since its strong runner-up performance at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The U-20 MNT qualified for the U-20 World Cup when it defeated Canada, 4-2, on Feb. 26 to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA took second place in the tournament, which was capped off by a hard fought 3-1 overtime loss to hostMexico in the title match at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla.

The USA’s week-long camp concludes with an April 28 match against the reserve team of Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA.