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Ten Santos players earn call ups to national teams for international break

30 de Agosto del 2017 9:26 pm.

Santos Laguna's commitment to producing quality players never stops. For the upcoming international break, 10 players across four categories will represent their respective countries in training camps and international competition.

The club will see eight of its youth products from the first team to the U-17 with various categories of Mexico’s national team during the international break, while defendersNestor Araujo and Jorge Villafaña were summoned to participate with Mexico and the United States during round five of World Cup qualifiers.

Defender Gerardo Arteaga and goalkeeper Joel García were called to Mexico’s U-21 team to work for a week and a half at the Mexican Football Federation’s High Performance Center, where they will play two friendlies against opponents soon to be announced.

This is Arteaga’s first call-up by Mexico’s national team at any level after his debut with Santos’ first team under head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre on October 1, 2016, only three weeks after his 18th birthday.

“More than anything I feel happy because it’s my first call,” he told the club from his native Guadalajara before Santos’ Copa MX game against Chivas on Tuesday.  “Always, since I was a little boy, have I had this illusion to go to the national team – youth or senior team – and now that this is my first call I feel content and very committed.”

Garcia, a two-time World Cup participant at the U-17 and U-20 level, won a title with the U-21 in China in 2016.

U-20 players Diego Barraza and Adrián Lozano are expected to report to Mexico’s U-18 team on Tuesday, September 5, to prepare for the 3rd Chang An Ford Cup International Football Tournament, which will be held from September 17 to 26 in Qujing, China.

Héctor Holguín, Jordan Carrillo, Diego Medina and Rubén Pérez Vertti will return to Mexico’s U-16 team to work from September 3 -9 at the High Performance Center in Mexico City.

Finally, defenders Nestor Araujo and Jorge Villafaña reported to camp with Mexico and the United States to participate in September’s World Cup qualifiers.

Araujo and Mexico will play against Panama on September 1 at Estadio Azteca and Los Ticos at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica on September 5. Villafaña and the U.S. will also play a home and away series on September 1 and 5against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and Honduras in San Pedro Sula, respectively.