US U20’s newest Mexican-American star hails from the same club that produced two of the more productive players for Coach Tab Ramos last cycle. Santos Laguna’s U20 starlet Herbert Robinson Garcia was a shock addition to Ramos’ latest camp, but the ’96 could become a key figure for U20s.
The 17 year old is currently listed with the 1st team on the Official Santos Laguna website. Robinson Garcia has spent most of the year with the Santos U20s starting 16 of 17 matches for the U20s which just secured the 2013 U20 Apetura championship over Leon.
OWTY was alerted to this talent in February 2012 when Robinson Garcia, a 16 year old at the time, was playing with the Santos Laguna U20s during an international tournament in Italy. The ’96 midfielder was born in Coahuila, Mexico has American roots, but currently only has Mexican citizenship. Surprisingly, the imposing midfielder has never been invited to Mexican Youth Teams, opening the door for Tab Ramos and the USSF to get Herbert involved with this cycle’s U20s.
Robinson-Garcia went on to star in the prestigious 2012 Gothia Cup captaining later that year, leading the Santos Laguna U17 squad to a tournament victory, on the way to garnering MVP honors. Watch the Final between Santos and Djurgårdens here.
Robinson Garcia is nearly 6’0” but, like many players in the Mexican league, possess supreme technical abilities and finesse with the ball at his feet. Robinson Garica told OWTY last April “I see myself as [an] offensive midfielder,” despite his imposing frame.
I was told just yesterday that Herbert currently ”does not have his US citizenship” but that it should be settled “soon” according to a source close to Herbert. I have been also told that Herbert has never been contacted by the Mexican Football Federation, nor would he be interested in representing Mexico at this time according to the same source.
We are hoping to secure an interview with Robinson Garcia following the US camp.
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