Young Arsenal star Gedion Zelalem is set to further brighten the future of US soccer by playing for the US Men’s National Team after gaining US citizenship today.
The 17-year-old was born in Germany and has already played for them at youth levels but now looks set to dedicate his international future to the USMNT.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann must have had a major influence in his decision and he will be the latest German-born American to play for the USA if FIFA allow him to do so.
Zelalem is one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects and has already played for the Gunners in the Champions League and FA Cup.
He moved to Arsenal in 2013 after spending seven years in America and Arsene Wenger believes he is the sort of player that the USMNT missed during the World Cup in the summer.
“He is a player with a good eye and good technique and is very agile,” Wenger told Sports Illustrated in July.
“He has the ambition to find the ball on the field. So he’s the kind of player who could be of use to the United States. He’s in some ways the type of player the US was missing in the World Cup.”
With his US citizenship in place it is expected that Zelalem will be eligible to play for the USA in the imminent future but until FIFA approve it, he could still pledge his future to Germany or Ethiopia.
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