There is a third Chivas USA player on international duty this week: Julio Morales. The forward has been called up once again by the Mexico U-20 team for the Toulon tournament, perhaps the biggest tune-up for the U-20 World Cup.
Morales is already with the team and they are already in France for the tournament. They'll start with a match against Nigeria Wednesday, followed by group stage games against Brazil, Portugal, and Belgium. Mexico won the tournament last year, before winning the gold medal at the London Olympics, so they will probably be looking for another strong showing (in case you are wondering, the United States U-20s will also be participating in this year's tournament, in the other group).
The call-up for Morales is another decent sign that the striker could make the roster for the World Cup. All of the players called up for Toulon are based in Mexico except for Morales and FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, so it is unclear if this is the presumptive roster for the World Cup, or if players based in Europe (there aren't many in this age group, to be fair) could get a selection for the big dance. At any rate, the Toulon tournament should give the squad meaningful international experience, and could help catapult some of them into greater prominence for club and country.
Congratulations Julio! Best of luck in the tournament.
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