For the second time in the past few weeks the Timbers have had a member of the organization called-up to a United States Youth National Team camp, as Jose Peralta and Adrian Villegas were named to the 48-man camp roster for the U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team.
With Bryan Gallego of the Timbers first team called up to the U-23 side, the academy duo mark the third and fourth members of the Portland system to receive youth call-ups from the United States since the Timbers joined Major League Soccer.
United States U-14 coach Brian Johnson selected 48 players for training camp in Carson, Calif., which takes place from August 9-16.
Villegas, a development player for the Timbers’ U-15/16 side in 2013-14, scored for Portland in the USSDA Academy Showcase against Virginia Rush earlier this summer. With three appearances and two starts for the U-16’s, and is rated as the No. 2 player in the Pacific Northwest by Top Drawer Soccer for the class of 2018. Most recently, Villegas was on the bench for the Timbers U-23’s as part of the 2014 Chipotle Homegrown Player Game as part of MLS All-Star Week.
Peralta, also served as a development player for the Timbers’ U-15/16 side and earned one start in three appearances.
The Timbers Academy midfielders will be joined by 44 players based in the United States and a pair of players based outside the American borders (Ayo Akinola – Toronto FC, Ben Lederman – FC Barcelona).
In the 48-man camp, 20 come from MLS academies and one additional athlete comes from a Columbus Crew alliance academy. Los Angeles Galaxy lead the camp with five call-ups, while Chivas USA is next with four. Portland joins D.C. and New England with two call-ups each. New York, Colorado, Houston, San Jose and Toronto teach see one call-up to camp.
Portland Timbers United States Youth Call-ups
- Adrian Villegas, U-14
- Jose Peralta, U-14
- Bryan Gallego, U-23
- Rubio Rubin, U-17