The recruiting train for the U.S. men's national team shows no signs of slowing down, with Arsenal youth star Gedion Zelalem not only acquiring U.S. citizenship, but declaring his intention to suit up for the U.S. national team, according to U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.
The Washington Post's Steven Goff first reported that the 17-year-old was joining the ranks of other dual nationals who have pledged their international soccer futures to the U.S. like Julian Green, Aron Johannsson and John Brooks, all of whom suited up for the U.S. at last summer's World Cup.
Zelalem acquired his citizenship courtesy of the Child Citizenship Act, which allows the minor children of naturalized U.S. citizens to obtain citizenship themselves. Zelalem's father, Zelalem Wolydes, recently became a U.S. citizen. Given that Zelalem represented Germany at youth level, he must file a one-time switch with FIFA in order to become eligible to play for the U.S. national team.
The midfielder was in D.C. on Monday to complete the naturalization process. U.S. Soccer federation president Sunil Gulati then confirmed Tuesday that Zelalem will be filing his switch with FIFA.
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