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Earthquakes’ Eric Calvillo, Damian Alguera make El Salvador Olympic qualifying squad

They’re on the plane to Guadalajara.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official: Hugo Perez has decided on his 20-man roster for Concacaf Olympic qualifying, and two players with San Jose Earthquakes ties are on the El Salvador U-23 squad for the upcoming tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico.

First team midfielder Eric Calvillo makes the cut, no surprise since he recently wrapped up a mini-training camp with El Salvador’s U-23s and went to the trouble to get his Salvadoran passport and so forth. This is a big opportunity for the player, and I expect he’ll take it with both hands.

Joining him on the roster is an intriguing name, Earthquakes academy goalkeeper Damian Alguera. The 17-year-old is not signed to a professional contract, and it’s unclear if he or the Earthquakes have interest in signing him on a pro deal, but in the Salvadoran press he’s being linked to a move to Europe in the future. We’ll see. Like Calvillo, Alguera obtained his Salvadoran passport and got registered to El Salvador with FIFA so he could be called up for Olympic qualifying. He may ultimately be the youngest player at the tournament, stay tuned.

So congrats to Eric and Damian, and best of luck during the tournament, which will kick off Mar. 19 for El Salvador against Canada.

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