SAN JOSE -- Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson was named to the U.S. under-20 team Friday as it prepares for a 10-day training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Thompson, 19, will leave for Argentina after the Quakes play host to Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. The promising forward is expected to make his third consecutive start Saturday.
"I've been waiting for it a really long time," Thompson said of the call up. "The last call up I only had two practices. This call up will be a more legitimate, 10-day long period, showing what I can do."
Thompson has impressed San Jose fans this summer as the team's first Homegrown player. The Loomis striker became the second-youngest player in club history to start a match last week when facing Seattle Sounders FC.
Thompson, whose brother Ty Thompson plays for Stanford, wants to become a regular member of the U.S. national team program. The under-20s are holding their fifth camp of the year ahead of the 2015 World Cup qualifying. They will face Argentina's under-20s on Sept. 9 in Buenos Aires.
"I'm excited for" the coach "to get a good look at me and to show him what I can do," Thompson said in an interview Thursday. "I haven't had a chance to do that at the national level. I've shown that at the college level, and the professional level.
"This is the perfect time for me to get called up. I can't wait to play the way I can play."
The CONCACAF U-20 championship in January in Jamaica will serve as the region's qualifying tournament for the World Cup in New Zealand.
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