Andres Perea receives unexpected call-up to USMNT camp in South Florida


Photo: Terrance Coakley / Orlando Soccer Journal

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday afternoon that Orlando City midfielder Andres Perea was called-up to Gregg Berhalter’s on-going USMNT camp in South Florida this week.

Perea replaces FC Cincinnati midfielder Frankie Amaya, who was removed from camp after testing positive for COVID-19.

Perea, who was born in Tampa, was a rising dual-national prospect that appeared in all 23 regular-season games for Orlando City this season, appearing as a utility midfielder for head coach Oscar Pareja, finding himself playing both deep and advanced roles.

Perea, 20, started all five matches for Colombia at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

But according to American Soccer Now writer Brian Sciaretta, Perea will not file the one-time switch to represent the U.S. at the senior or U-23 level, meaning he’ll just be present at camp and will not play in the upcoming friendly between the USMNT and El Salvador on Dec. 9.

Perea will join fellow club teammates Chris Mueller and Daryl Dike, who were called up on Monday to the USMNT.

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