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Two US youth internationals climbing the ranks at Boca Juniors

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Joel Soñora and Ryan Palmbaum are two American youngsters from very different backgrounds who have three crucial things in common: Both are working their way up Boca Juniors’ famous youth system, are part of US youth national teams and play in the creative attacking midfield role.

But it’s there the similarities end.

Soñora (above) was born in 1996 in Dallas, where his legendary Argentine father Diego was playing for Dallas Burn. The US U-20 international grew up predominantly in Argentina and while he understands English, he isn’t fluent.

For 13-year-old Palmbaum, a US U-14 international, the struggle was uprooting from Northern California to join Argentina’s Estudiantes de La Plata three years ago without knowing so much as a word of Spanish. He had no relationship with the country outside of former player, consultant and coaching mentor Maximiliano Roditis, who has traveled back and forth from the US to aid the integration process and guide Palmbaum in his technical development.

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Ryan Gains a Spot in Boca Juniors!

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Ryan successfully joined Boca Juniors, home of world class legends such as Diego Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelme, Carlos Tevez, and many more. Over 50,000 players have tried out for Boca this year and Ryan was one of the very few to have make it into the team. It’s been a tremendous year for Ryan where he’s also been called up for the National team. – See more at:


RYAN PALMBAUM – U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Head Coach Hugo Perez Names 36-Player Roster for Training Camp at The Home Depot Center.

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RYAN’S great year at Estudiantes Del La Plata (arg) payed off with a call from US U14 Head Coach, Hugo Perez, for the upcoming training camp from Nov. 17-25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The training camp, the second of the year for the ‘99s age group and Only four 2000′ including RYAN PALMBAUM. He will be going back to Estudiantes in two months, where he will continue to develop as a footballer. –