While the USSF strings Hugo Perez along, El Tri strengthens their U17 National Team pool.
Strong rumors seem to suggest that Hugo Perez’s time with the US U15s was cut short for his propensity to call in Hispanic-Americans.
Personally I have so many problems with this notion it makes me sick, but that’s not the point.
A number of parents messaged me saying a big shift within US ’98-’99 born stars was beginning to occur, in part due to the apparent release of US Coach Hugo Perez.
Then today, Mexico released their most recent U17 roster, which includes former U17 GK ’98 Abraham Romero, who has been involved with El Tri for the last year, Chivas USA stand-out ’98 Ivan Gutiérrez, who’s been invited to play for the US squad, and 2013-2014 US U17 Resident ’99 Edwin Lara, who is now listed with Pachuca.
Add these players to the growing list of young Mexican-American talent that seems to be swinging to want to represent El Tri. See Antonio Nava.
OWTY has also heard that a few other young US stars might be interested in switching allegiances.
While it is still incredibly early to write these players off as future US contributors, the trend is alarming.
I have yet to hear anyone, from parents, scouts, coaches or players to have anything negative to say about Hugo Perez. In truth, everyone who’s worked with or been coached by Perez raves about him.
Perez has been one of few US Coaches or Scouts to see the growing Latino population for what it is, a major asset to our football program. Hugo’s been at nearly every Alianza de Futbol event which brings together the top Hispanic talent, which has added a number of key players to the US Youth pool since its inception.
So the question remains, why was this popular, talented, an increasingly influential coach relieved of his position?
Why would US Soccer, an organization very kind to their own, be willing to let one its brightest stars go so abruptly?
Do they understand Hugo Perez meant much more to the player pool than just scouting U15 talent?
I don’t get it.