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Richie Ledezma Becomes 8th AZ Player To Make U.S. Men's National Team Debut


Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 -- It has been a few years since the last Arizona player featured for the U.S. Men's National Team and when it came for another Arizona player to announce their presence, Richie Ledezma did it with a bang. 

Ledezma, a Phoenix native and former ODP player, made his senior team debut when he was brought on as a 68th minute substitute with the U.S. up 3-1 in Panama. Just 15 minutes later, Ledezma, on the right wing, found the head of Sebastian Soto for the fourth U.S. goal and his first assist. In stoppage time, Ledezma again connected with Soto for his second assist. 

Ledezma is now the 8th Arizona player to appear for the U.S. Men's National Team. Previous players include Pablo Mastroeni and Robbie Findley. Mastroeni was a member of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup squads and Findley was a member of the 2010 World Cup squad. Other Arizona players who have been capped include Brad Evans, Luis Robles, Ventura Alvarado, Greg Vanney, Alan Gordon.