Mexico "seriously inquiring" about international services of Real Salt Lake, US U-20 midfielder Luis Gil
Turnabout is apparently fair play for the Mexican national team when it comes to players with dual eligibility.
Just months after Luis Gil was one of the lone bright spots for the United States at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey, a source close to the 19-year-old told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday that El Tri are "seriously inquiring" about the Real Salt Lake midfielder's international services.
Despite Mexico's interest, Gil would have to apply to FIFA for a change of association in order to switch his international allegiances since he represented the US at an official youth competition (2013 U-20 World Cup).
After being hired to guide the team for the remainder of the CONCACAF Hexagonal, Mexico manager Manuel Vucetich said he would be looking outside the current squad for contributors.
Born in the Los Angeles area, Gil is eligible for El Tri through his father, who was born in Mexico. He's played in two youth World Cups for the US at the U-17 and U-20 levels, and signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer in 2010 as a 16-year-old, joining RSL after the club traded for his rights following a weighted lottery won by Kansas City.
Gil didn't make an MLS appearance his first season, instead spending time on loan with AC St. Louis, then broke into Jason Kreis' rotation in 2011, when he played in 25 games and scored two goals. He became a regular starter in 2012 before making an ever bigger leap this season, scoring five goals and adding three assists in 20 starts among 25 appearances.