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navi8132
Post #1
Sunday April 14, 2013 4:42pm

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Who is he? What's his story

Bshredder
Post #2
Sunday April 14, 2013 5:02pm

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I wouldn't get my hopes up on him ever playing for the US. He's not an American citizen and he's living abroad with his parents (thus making it hard to meet residency requirements for citizenship)

Move on, nothing to see here

rambo
Chi town
Post #3
Sunday April 14, 2013 5:04pm

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saw an article that said he is applying for US citizenship, but like you said not sure hwo that would work now.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #4
Sunday April 14, 2013 5:08pm

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Plays for Arsenals youth system. Born in Germany, is Ethiopian, but grew up in the US. Contrary to his Wikipedia page he does not have US citizenship yet. Supposedly he is going to apply for US citizenship soon, but he has lived outside of the US for a year playing for Arsenal's youth teams. In order to apply for US citizenship you have to be living in the US for a set amount of years continuously. So with that being said it's going to be difficult for him to ever gain US citizenship.

He can only play for Germany or Ethiopia in the present. He has only played for Germany's youth teams, and German youth coaches hold him in high regard.

Pretty much don't ever expect to see Zelalem in a US shirt.

navi8132
Post #5
Sunday April 14, 2013 5:46pm

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lol, ok

navi8132
Post #6
Sunday April 14, 2013 5:48pm

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Gedion Thread closed.

dfw_fan
DfW
Post #7
Sunday April 28, 2013 4:01pm

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Unless I am reading this incorrect, if the parent is in the US and applying for Citizenship, he/she can still apply for the kid.

http://www.immihelp.com/forum/showthread.php/...

N600 cannot be filed before one's parent is a citizen. You'll have to wait. As long as you take the oath before she turns 18, she'll automatically become a citizen, and the N600 can be filed even after she turns 18 (though it's easier if you get it out of the way as soon as you become a citizen). You can also apply for her passport first, or at the same time (I think).

Bshredder
Post #8
Sunday April 28, 2013 4:31pm

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Here's the thing. With FIFA rules, a kid under 18 can't play for a foreign club unless the kid's parents also moves (for non footballing purposes). Gedion's parents can't be in the US while he's in England.

I wouldn't think this is going to pan out for the US

Nick4235
Boston, Mass
Post #9
Sunday April 28, 2013 5:54pm

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 144
Original post from Bshredder

Here's the thing. With FIFA rules, a kid under 18 can't play for a foreign club unless the kid's parents also moves (for non footballing purposes). Gedion's parents can't be in the US while he's in England.

I wouldn't think this is going to pan out for the US


What about guys like Packwood and Hyndman (sp?)? Is it cuz those guys parents moved for non-soccer related reasons? I'm sure i dont fully understand the rules. Even if he got citizenship somehow, would he even choose US over Germany?

Nick4235
Boston, Mass
Post #10
Sunday April 28, 2013 6:02pm

Joined Apr 2013
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Oh and Bshredder this is my second account. My first one, whose userame was "nick" suddenly stopped working and wouldnt let me log in. It didnt say wrong username or wrong password, i would hit log in and nothing would happen. I guess i dont mind because this name is the name i use on all my other accounts but still...

tylercocinas
Post #11
Sunday April 28, 2013 7:40pm

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Nick4235, Emerson and Will both were able to sidestep the requirement that parents move for non-football purposes. Packwood has an English father, and Emerson was able to obtain a Portuguese passport through his grandfather (FC Dallas manager, Schellas Hyndman), who was born in Macau.

Though highly unlikely that Zelalem ever obtains US citizenship, I would think he'd probably think about how far he could go in the German system (they rate him very highly) and eventually switch to the US assuming he never made it to the senior German team.

Nick4235
Boston, Mass
Post #12
Sunday April 28, 2013 8:25pm

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@tylercocinas But if Zelalem has a German passport because he is able to play for Germany, couldn't he also side step the rule?

tylercocinas
Post #13
Monday April 29, 2013 9:22am

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I'm not sure that he did not side step the rule to be honest. Because of his EU passport he was able to transfer within Europe at 16 (per FIFA rules), but his mother passed away a few years back so I personally surmise that his father came with him in the interest of keeping their family together.

Bshredder
Post #14
Monday April 29, 2013 12:37pm

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His dad is in England with him per a Goff report

tylercocinas
Post #15
Monday April 29, 2013 5:39pm

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Apologies Nick4325 I misread the rules. The only think the EU passport allows you to do is transfer within Europe at age 16 as opposed to 18. Your parents still have to move for non-footballing reasons. Hope I didn't cause you too much confusion.

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