Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil has been called up to the US U-20s for the 2012 Marbella Cup in Marbella, Spain - the first camp in 2012 he'll participate in after RSL squad injuries forced his return for one and an injury to himself forced another.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has started 16 matches for Real Salt Lake and come off the bench in 10 more in 2012, scoring a goal and grabbing three assists in the process.
Gil joins Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Jose Villareal (LA Galaxy) and Jonathan Top (FC Dallas) in the MLS squad contingent, with several other players being involved in U.S.-based college systems. Gil, with 41 MLS regular season appearances, is by far the most experienced professional of the group.
The team will face off against Canada on Oct. 10, against Scotland on Oct. 12, and against Azerbaijan on Oct. 16. Gil departs following the Oct. 6 match against LA Galaxy and will likely not return until after the Oct. 17 match against Seattle Sounders.
A fine performance against Chivas USA showed a swathe of Gil's potential, though his form has been at times inconsistent in MLS play. Gil, part understudy to Javier Morales and part viable midfield option, will be looking to make an impact with the national team in hopes of moving further in contention in the U.S. soccer system.