Two American born players have reached the top tier level in the highly competitive national Spanish Academy System. This is the first time in history that any American player has reached this level.
Ander Egiluz will play with Athletico Bilbao’s Juvenil A in the 2016-17 Division de Honor next season. Egiluz is a USMNT youth player and played for Athletico Bilbao’s Juvenil B team in Juvenil Nacional this past season.
Hayden Lyn Canizalez will join Hercules CF de Alicante Juvenil A, Division de Honor for the 2016-17 preseason after passing his trial in May. Canizalez had been playing with UE Sant Andreu in Barcelona, Spain and a semi-pro USPL team in Las Vegas, NV. While Canizalez has not receive a national cap yet, he definitely fits the profile of a national player.
Athletic Club Bilbao’s group in in the Juvenil (U19) Division de Honor category include Osasuna, Real Sociedad and Eibar.
Hercules CF will compete in the toughest group in the Juvenil (U19) Division de Honor category. The group includes former national champions Villarreal, Valencia, Levante, Alicante, Atletico de Madrid, Elche, and Real Murcia, to name a few.
The U.S. Men’s National Team future looks bright as players like Ander and Hayden continue to flourish.
– News release provided by Edwin Andreu Josep Canizalez, North America Director OX Marketing Esportivo