Celtic youngster Manny Perez has been given a promising call-up to the USA under-23 squad for their October training camp.
The Hoops man, on loan with USL side North Carolina, has been called up to replace Kyle Duncan in the squad after his call-up to the senior side. He’s joined by Auston Trusty, who also comes in for Miles Robinson (usasoccer.com)
The under-23s have a clash with El Salvador on October 15th at the end of their camp. And for Perez, after making 19 appearances this season, he’s set for his first under-23 call.
Perez was in the under-20 side who won the 2018 Concacaf Championship with the USA youth side. And finally it looks as though his talent is being recognised judging by his promotion.
So far this season, Perez has four assists to his name, and has been a key player for North Carolina, who sit seventh in the Eastern Conference and nine points off top spot.
A promising call-up for Celtic fans
Supporters simply don’t know too much about Perez. Despite the fact he initially paused his loan spell to take part in pre-season training, he injured himself and ended up back in the States without much coverage.
Celtic fans managed to catch a glimpse of Andrew Gutman in pre-season. However, Perez wasn’t able to make a single friendly outing for the Hoops.
So his call-up is confirmation that he’s an up and coming talent for supporters who haven’t seen a glimpse of him. However, it’s clear he’s rated highly in the States. It will be interesting to see whether we get a sight of him on the pitch anytime soon.
Perez, a right-back who can also play at right-mid, has some surreal competition on his hands when he returns to Parkhead. Therefore, making an impression with the USA under-23 squad would do him wonders for his reputation.
His call-up proves that things couldn’t be going much better in Carolina. He’s continuing to develop at a solid pace, and that should bode well for his Celtic return.
It will be interesting to see whether he even makes the team for the El Salvador match next week. But the call-up alone is as good as a promotion.