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He’s back: Red Bulls ink former Homegrown signing Moreno

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After four years away, Amando Moreno has decided to return home.

The New York Red Bulls announced that it had signed Moreno to an MLS contract. The 22-year-old forward spent the last four years with Club Tijuana, though he only made a hand full of appearances. He also spent time on loan with Dorados in Mexico’s second division last season, scoring once in seven league appearances.

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His main playing time in Mexico came during Copa MX matches, a breeding ground for the next crop of youngsters looking to break into the first team of every team in the competition. He scored five goals in 21 appearances for Tijuana and another goal for Dorados last fall.

The former U.S. Youth National Team starter found playing time hard to come by both in the U.S. and Mexico, but perhaps he sees light at the end of the tunnel in New York. With Bradley Wright-Phillips on the wrong side of 30, a good season split between the Red Bulls and New York Red Bulls II could be a way in for Moreno, as well as a potential return to the national team picture in the future.

Klinsmann tabs 7 new names for USMNT friendly in Puerto Rico

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Some unusual names have been called into transitional camp for the United States men’s national team as it prepares for the Copa America Centenario.

Jurgen Klinsmann called up 22 players for the upcoming friendly against Puerto Rico, with only 15 of those names on the 40-man preliminary Copa America list.

The new names?

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Freiburg backstop Zack Steffen is new on the roster, though all seven defenders are a part of the Copa America mix. That means we should get a pretty regular group of backs on May 22 in Bayamon.

Midfielders Caleb Stanko (Freiburg) and Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) are new, as are forwards Fafa Picault (St. Pauli), Julian Green (Bayern Munich) and Club Tijuana duo Amando Moreno and Paul Arriola.

Full roster

Goalkeepers
: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)

Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading)

Forwards: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)