Alejandro Zendejas has officially chosen to represent the USMNT. The 25-year-old dual national previously also featured for Mexico and two different age levels. He made his USMNT debut in a January friendly against Serbia, but still had the option to choose his official affiliation.
Zendejas excited for next chapter with USMNT
“I am very proud of being Mexican-American. Values from both cultures have made me the person I am today,” said Zendejas in a statement via Instagram on Tuesday. “I’ve had the privilege of experiencing life in two countries.”
“I’m very grateful for all the opportunities the United States and Mexico have provided to me and my family,” the forward continued. “Making a decision on your international career is very difficult and I believe in following your heart. Mine tells me that my future lies representing the USA.”
“I’m excited for this next chapter and earning my place with the USMNT. Thank you to everyone for the incredible support.”
Decision ends tug of war between rivals
The news essentially ends a duel between the United States and Mexico national teams. Zendejas previously played for the US U-15s and U-17s, but then switched to Mexico at the U-23 level. The forward also featured twice for the Mexico senior team in 2021 and 2022. However, FIFA did not officially recognize these appearances because the player didn’t fill out the correct paperwork to switch nations.
Mexico was forced to eventually forfeit these matches that Zendejas featured and was also fined. The forward even claimed that he would reject USMNT offers after he switched to Chivas from FC Dallas in 2016. Nevertheless, Zendejas will now only play for the USMNT.
The player was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico but raised in nearby El Paso, Texas. He was previously a youth product of the FC Dallas Academy. After making his team debut in 2015 and playing 10 senior matches with the MLS club, Zendejas made the switch to Chivas. He now plays for Liga MX side Club America.
After confirming his decision, Zendejas is eligible to feature for the Yanks in their CONCACAF Nations League games later this month. The USMNT first travel to play Grenada on March 24 and then host El Salvador three days later. There is also a chance Zendejas could play against Mexico in the Continental Clasico in April.
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