Report: USMNT to call up NASL midfielder Miguel Ibarra
The U.S. men's national team will call up winger Miguel Ibarra for its October friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras, according to ESPNFC.com.
Ibarra plays for Minnesota United in the North American Soccer League, the second tier of American soccer.
He played two seasons of college soccer at UC Irvine and two seasons at Taft College, a junior college. He was the 2011 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year, when he recorded nine goals and eight assists in 23 games.
The only other NASL player to receive a USMNT call-up was Clyde Simms in 2005, according to ESPNFC. Simms later spent nine years in MLS.
Ibarra was selected in the second round of the MLS Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers in 2012, but the club did not sign him.
Ibarra has eight goals in 21 appearances for Minnesota United this season. He scored two goals in a 2-0 defeat of the San Antonio Scorpions last week and was named NASL Player of the Week.
Minnesota United released a statement addressing the possibility of Ibarra's call-up:
We are aware of the speculation regarding the possibility of Midfielder Miguel Ibarra being called up for the U.S. Men's National Team training camp in October.
Although we have not seen a finalized list of players being called up and we don’t know if he will ultimately end up on such a list, we are not surprised that a young and talented player like Miguel Ibarra has drawn the attention of the U.S. Men’s coaching staff.
We are extremely proud of how Miguel has developed as a player and a person over the last several years here in Minnesota.
The USMNT plays Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 10. The match will be Landon Donovan's final international appearance. The team will also play Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Fla.
- Dan Gartland