USA U-20's call in Chivas player, challenging club's Mexicans only rule

Ryan Rosenblatt
SB Nation

A Chivas player is ready to suit up for the U.S., so what will the Goats do?

Chivas de Guadalajara has a strict Mexicans only policy. They pride themselves on being a Mexican club, with a rule that everyone who plays with the club must be Mexican and, if they are a dual-national, opt to play for Mexico. That means the United States could never have a player who plays for Chivas.

Luis Martir Jr. appears set to challenge that rule, though. The defender has been added to the American U-20 national team that is going to Argentina for a training camp and three friendlies.

Martir, who was born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents, was named to a previous U.S. youth roster, but he pulled out. Now he's accepted a late call-in and looks set to join up with the team.

Exactly what Chivas will do is unclear. If history is any indication, they will simply release Martir, but that wouldn't be ideal. The defender is one of their better young players and releasing him would be allowing one of their best kids to walk for free.

It is possible that this could spur a change in Chivas' policy. Their rule on Mexicans only has been criticized before, but it has come under even more fire recently with the club struggling in recent year. The policy limits the player pool that Chivas can choose from and they may now be forced to alter it.

The U.S. will have a 10-day camp, with matches against the Argentina U-20's, the Racing Club reserves and the Defensa y Justica reserves. When they do, they will do so with Martir wearing the U.S. badge over his heart, and putting Chivas' policy to the test.

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