Mexican pipeline dry at U-23 level 

January, 16, 2012
01/16/12
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When the American under-23 squad played the full national team in a scrimmage over the weekend in California, there were players on the field from club teams in countries scattered on both sides of the Atlantic. Portugual was represented, as was Norway, the U.S., and even some colleges. But conspicuously absent was most of America's growing contingent of Mexico-based talent.

While the full team's Mexico-based standbys like Jose Torres and Michael Orozco are with their clubs as the clausura kicks off south of the border, only Joe Corona and newcomer Isaac Acuna were called into Caleb Porter's January U-23 camp. Neither should be expected to play much of role for the Olympic team, either in qualifying or the 2012 Games.

Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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