Regional digest: Tommy Thompson playing for U.S. soccer team in Spain

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson is with the United States Men’s Under-20 National Team that is playing in the four-team International National Teams Football Tournament on Wednesday through Tuesday in Marbella, Spain.

The U.S. opens against Russia’s U-21 national team Wednesday, then plays Ireland’s U-20s Saturday before concluding the tournanament against Canada’s U-20s on Tuesday.

U.S. coach Tab Ramos selected Thompson (Granite Bay High School) as a forward for his 20-man roster.

During the summer, Thompson, 19, was loaned to Republic FC, for which he played in nine matches before returning to the Quakes to finish the Major League Soccer season. He appeared in 13 matches, making eight starts for San Jose.

Thompson received a late call-up to the U-20s in July to play in the Men’s National Training Center Invitational in Carson after other players were unavailable. He played a key role in the United States winning the tournament, scoring a goal in a 4-0 win over Bermuda and playing all 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Australia.

Bill Paterson