Cruzeiro midfielder Luis Felipe recalled to U-20 USMNT

Cruzeiro midfielder Luis Felipe recalled to U-20 USMNT

U.S. Under-20 National Team

Cruzeiro midfielder Luis Felipe recalled to U-20 USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Felipe did enough in his first training camp with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to warrant a second call-up this spring.

The American-born Brazilian-raised midfielder, currently on the books at defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro, will rejoin the U.S. U-20s for an upcoming training camp and then play with the team in the Dallas Cup from April 14-21. Felipe spent the early part of January in a training camp under the watchful eyes of U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos and his staff.

Though Cruzeiro announced the news on their website, U.S. Soccer has yet to make a formal announcement.

Felipe was first noticed by U.S. Under-17 head coach Richie Williams at the IMG Cup in Bradenton, Fla., last December, while playing with Cruzeiro’s U-17 team. Cruzeiro won the tournament with a 3-0 record.

The 18-year-old is still eligible to represent either Brazil or the U.S. in the future. Earlier this month, Felipe told American Soccer Now that it was a dream of his to play at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

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