One of Real Salt Lake's most promising youth prospects, Sebastian Saucedo, has been tipped for a call-up for a Mexican youth national team.
That seems almost business as usual at this point — until you consider that Saucedo has been playing with U.S. youth teams almost exclusively.
That report came today from Brian Sciaretta, a reliable source in the world of American soccer.
I've heard Real Salt Lake & top U.S U-20 midfielder Sebastian Saucedo will play for Mexico's U-20s next week— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) November 8, 2015
He was called up by U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos as recently as August for a tournament in Serbia, the Stevan Vilotic Tournament.. Notably, so too was Christian Herrera, the towering 18-year-old Real Monarchs goalkeeper that's still earning minutes with the academy — a player that more recently has been called up for the Mexican U-18s.
Saucedo played limited minutes in the first match of that tournament, which the U.S. lost 3-1 to Serbia. He started in the second, a 6-1 loss to France. In the third match of the tournament, he started — that was a 2-0 win against Israel, and he was the only U.S. goalscorer, with the other goal coming from an own goal. Justen Glad also featured intermittently in the tournament.
He wasn't called up for the following U-20 tournament, the Four Nations Cup. The U.S. lost the first match of that one 8-1 to Germany.
It's difficult to know if there was some sort of falling-out or if Saucedo merely got an opportunity and wanted to take it. It's also hard to figure out when Mexico's U-20s plays next, but they do play against the U.S. in December.
Finally, a call-up wouldn't mean that Saucedo couldn't play for the U.S. in the future — he'd need to play in an official match for that to be the case. This is presumably for an exhibition of some sort.