Homegrown Players Selected for International Duty


Two Houston Dynamo FC Homegrown players and a member of the Dynamo Academy will represent three different countries on international duty this week.

Homegrown midfielder Juan Castilla joins the Colombia U-20s for training camp in Bogota, Colombia through April 24. The 18-year-old played a key role in helping Colombia qualify for the U-20 World Cup, which takes place in Argentina next month, and has been named to the squad for the tournament. He has started all three of his appearances in MLS NEXT Pro this season, totaling 211 minutes.


Xavier Valdez, another Homegrown signing for the club, joins the Dominican Republic U-20s for training camp in Jerez, Spain through April 26. The squad has matches scheduled against Brazil, Iraq and Uzbekistan. The 19-year-old helped the Dominican Republic qualify for both the Olympics and its first ever FIFA tournament, and the squad for the U-20 World Cup will be announced in the coming weeks. Valdez has started all three of his appearances in MLS NEXT Pro this season, making nine saves.


Dynamo Academy forward Ezekiel “Zeke” Soto joins the United States U-17 USYNT camp in Palm Beach, Florida through April 24. The 16-year-old has scored in every camp or competition he has attended so far with the USYNT U-17 team. Soto has appeared in two MLS NEXT Pro matches this season and looks to make the roster for the U-17 World Cup later this year.