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LAFC academy player named to U.S. U-16 Boys National Team

Preparations for the next U-17 World Cup cycle begin.

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U.S. Soccer revealed a 59-player roster for a U-16 U.S. Boys’ National Team training camp in Chula Vista, and one member of Los Angeles Football Club’s academy, forward Arnold Giron, was included in the roster.

The camp, from Thursday to Monday, will be an ID camp, presumably for the next U-17 World Cup cycle. Players will play several scrimmages and also receive off-the-field education about optimizing performance.

Giron is a member of LAFC’s U-16/17 Development Academy team, the program’s highest level and second-highest age group in the system.

He isn’t the first LAFC academy player to be called up to youth national teams and he won’t be the last, but with the program maturing to a full-fledged set-up we’re seeing players get called up to the elder youth national teams and get closer to not only playing in meaningful international tournaments for their countries, but also closer to becoming professionals, in some cases for LAFC one day. Congrats and best of luck to Arnold.

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