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Diego Luna named to senior US males’s nationwide workforce for first time

Diego Luna named to senior US males’s nationwide workforce for first time


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SALT LAKE CITY — Diego Luna is not the younger, rising hope for simply Actual Salt Lake anymore; he is on the forefront of the newest youth motion for the U.S. males’s nationwide workforce, as nicely.

The 20-year-old RSL star acquired his first call-up to the senior nationwide workforce Friday forward of a pleasant on Jan. 20 towards Slovenia in San Antonio, Texas. He’s considered one of 15 gamers incomes their first call-up and marks the primary RSL participant known as as much as the senior squad since Aaron Herrera in 2021.

“I am very excited for this chance, and I am wanting ahead to beginning my yr off with this camp,” Luna mentioned in a press release. “I anticipate to start out 2024 by persevering with the momentum I discovered at each RSL and with the U-23s final yr, and taking issues to a complete one other degree for each membership and nation this yr.”

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter talked about Luna’s identify first when requested which of the younger gamers stands out most to him, saying Luna “got here on at an important time within the season and carried out at a extremely excessive degree.” He went as far to say Luna’s play towards the tip of the season made it “troublesome for the teaching workers to depart (him) off the roster.”

Luna scored 5 targets for RSL in 2023, together with two within the first-round playoff collection towards the Houston Dynamo. His header in Sport 3 in Houston despatched the sport to penalty kicks to offer the workforce an opportunity to advance, although it didn’t.

“He is a fantastic instance of taking completely different pathways than different gamers,” Berhalter mentioned of Luna. “He carried out for the U-20 workforce on the World Cup. It was nice to see his efficiency there. After which I believe most significantly, he actually kicked on for Salt Lake towards the tip of the yr.”

Luna got here to Salt Lake from USL aspect El Paso Locomotive in June 2022 after beginning on the youth academy of his hometown San Jose Earthquakes. He has cut up his time between the youth nationwide groups and RSL since arriving and can proceed to take action this yr as a possible candidate to star for the U-23 nationwide workforce on the Paris Olympics, the place the U.S. is competing for the primary time since 2008.

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Caleb Turner covers Actual Salt Lake because the workforce’s beat author for KSL.com, along with his position the place he oversees the sports activities workforce’s social media accounts.

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