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National team news: Fox Point's Stoka called to Boys Futures Camp

06/07/2017, 7:45am CDT
Mateo Stoka

Fox Point's Mateo Stoka was part of a U.S. Soccer boys national team Futures Camp last month in Carson, Calif.

The camp from May 26 to 30 included 64 players born in 2002 and 2003 and was led by Tony Lepore, who was named the U.S. Soccer Director of Talent Identification in March. The camp curriculum formulated around highlighting each player's unique talents while challenging them to improve their decision making and speed of play, raising their tactical awareness and improving their technical execution.

Stoka, a forward who was born in 2003, has six goals in 20 appearances (17 starts) for the Sockers FC Chicago Under-13 team in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play this season.

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