Chivas USA Homegrown midfielder Marky Delgado has been a busy man lately, as he's pulled double duty with his club and country. Called up to the U.S. Men's National Team U-20 training camp by coach Tab Ramos, the camp and subsequent four-team NTC Invitational tournament played this week all took place right at home in Carson, California, so Delgado could split his time between teams. Otherwise, he probably wouldn't have joined the U-20s, but the location helped him out in this case, allowing him to see some action during the tournament.
First, he came off the bench in the tournament opener, on Monday, against Chile. Entering in the 74th minute, Delgado helped the Americans ice the game, as they beat the South Americans 2-1.
Then, on Wednesday, Delgado started and captained the U.S. as they crushed Bermuda 4-0. He played 64 minutes in the game before being subbed off.
But he didn't feature in the tournament finale, a scoreless draw against Australia on Friday. The draw gave the U.S. the best record on goal difference in the tournament, meaning they won the NTC Invitational, so congrats to all of the U-20s for defending home soil, in a sense.
Why didn't Delgado play in the final game? Chivas USA traveled to Washington, D.C. on Friday morning, ahead of their game against D.C. United on Sunday, and he traveled with the team, since there's a good chance he'll see playing time against United.
Congratulations to Marky on getting the call-up, playing for the national team, then staying in the mix for his club team, too. Well done!
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