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Ex-Boise National makes U.S. national soccer team debut

Former Boise resident Ander Egiluz, front row, center, poses as he makes his U.S. national team debut Tuesday for the U-19s at the Slovakia Cup.
Former Boise resident Ander Egiluz, front row, center, poses as he makes his U.S. national team debut Tuesday for the U-19s at the Slovakia Cup. Photo courtesy of U.S. Soccer

Former Valley View Elementary student Ander Egiluz made his debut for the U.S. national soccer team Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Ukraine in the U-19 Slovakia Cup.

The member of Spanish soccer power Athletic Bilbao’s youth academy started as a defensive midfielder before coming off for a substitute at halftime. He then started as a central midfielder and played all 80 minutes Thursday in a 3-1 loss to Slovakia after the U.S. had already wrapped up its appearance in the finals Friday against Russia.

The Slovakia Cup serves as a proving ground U.S. players trying to make the roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Egiluz planned to return to Boise and attend Capital High in 2014-15 before getting called up to Bilbao’s youth academy. He played for the Boise Nationals Soccer Club in the fifth grade.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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