Three Chivas USA Youth Academy players receive call-up

Academy players McGuire, Spencer and Delgado join respective squads in training camp

Jake McGuire

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Olivia Cervantes

Chivas USA Youth Academy players Jake McGuire, Ben Spencer and Marco Delgado were called-up to the United States National Team in their respective divisions. All three players have been part of the Chivas USA First Team training’s since early this year, and participated in the Red-and-White’s Reserves Team matches.

Goalkeeper Jake McGuire will join the U-20 team for the squad’s training camp held in Portland, Oregon from April 9-16. McGuire, originally from Chino, Calif., has been part of the Red-and-White’s Youth Academy since initially joining the U-14 squad and most recently with the U-18 team that participates in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

“It feels great, I’ve been waiting [for my chance] since I left the U-17’s back in June,” said McGuire. “It’s an amazing feeling and now I just have to show them what I have.”

On the other hand, Mexican-American midfielder Marco (Marky) Delgado and forward Ben Spencer will join the U.S. U-18 training camp from March 25 to April 1st  at The Home Depot Center ahead of the team’s final roster leading up to a youth team tournament in Portugal celebrated during the month of May. The pair has been a part of the Chivas USA U-17/18 team. Delgado, originally from Glendora, Calif., was part of the U.S. U-16 team that traveled to France to participate in the Mondial Minimes, an international tournament designed for U-16 teams, where he started in all four games, and assisted in one goal against France. Spencer, originally from New Mexico, has been a part of the Real Salt Lake Academy (2010-2011), where he scored 23 goals with the U-16 squad before joining the Chivas USA Youth Academy. Most recently, Spencer appeared in Chivas USA’s Reserve Team matches last year, where he scored two goals.

“We’re very excited to join the U-18 team,” said Spencer on his and Delgado’s call-up. “We’ve both been part of the U-15 squad and now we both have to work hard so that we can go to Portugal.”