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Houston Dynamo Academy’s Christian Lucatero called up for U.S. U-18 MNT training camp

Houston Dynamo Academy midfielder Christian Lucatero has been called-up by U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez for a 10-day training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from April 4-13

Lucatero is one of 24 players called up for the camp, which will include a pair of friendly matches against Canada on April 8 and Mexico on April 12.

“Luca is having an outstanding season and has a positive impact in every game,” said Houston Dynamo director of youth development James Clarkson. “He is a very exciting player and works really hard every day at training. Hopefully he can carry his current form into the camp.”

Lucatero, 16, is currently a member of the Dynamo Academy U-18 team and has scored eight goals during the current U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. The midfielder was named to the Development Academy select roster at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in December, and was voted Dynamo Academy Player of the Year at the 2013 Dynamo Celebration. Last year, the Pasadena, Texas native was an influential part of the Dynamo Academy U-16 team that reached the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week at Houston Sports Park.

After the April camp, the U.S. U-18s will next meet at the end of May for the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.

Lucatero's two-goal performance vs. Texans SC on March 29 

Christian Lucatero goal vs. Texans SC

Christian Lucatero goal vs. Texans SC

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Alex Ramos (LA Galaxy; Reseda, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Kyle Scott (Chelsea; Bristol, England), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Patrick Jean-Giles (D.C. United; Lorton, Va.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Stephen Payne (Chicago Magic PSG; Birmingham, Ala.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)

FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.)