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Mojofc
Post #16
Friday January 24, 2014 4:25pm

Joined Jan 2013
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I know the odds are slim to none but it's a good read about him...

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jan/...
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Bshredder
Post #17
Friday January 24, 2014 4:29pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 1,459
He's not going to play for the United States. I even question reports that say he could be eligible.

It is very good that the United States can play a role in developing a player of his caliber.

stone88
Post #18
Friday January 24, 2014 4:31pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,515
"He has spent the key years of his young life in the US and he not only sounds American, he considers himself to be American. His laid-back attitude and quiet self-assurance are characteristically American. If all things were equal, he would surely choose to declare for Klinsmann and the USA national side, who would love to add a little fantasy to their game. But all things are not equal...Zelalem has a claim for a US passport but, if he pursued it, he would not only lose his German citizenship but his EU rights, which could affect his ability to work in England. At the very least, he would have to apply for a work permit and that could lead him and Arsenal into choppy waters."

So basically, if he claims to be American, European governments and football associations would say sorry but you just can't play over here no more. That really sucks!

ktbffhTXac
Post #19
Friday January 24, 2014 5:28pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 124
It's interesting to note the 3rd and 2nd to last paragraphs

"There is a further irony in that Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and the club's transfer fixer, Dick Law, are American while the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, spent a good portion of his working life in the US.

Arsenal simply want to tie down Zelalem to his first professional contract, which he can only sign when he turns 17.
"

Certainly possible that once he signs the professional contract with Arsenal, the American influence in the front office could help him navigate the complexities of earning a US passport while retaining his eligibility to work in the UK, should he choose to declare for the USMNT. It's a long shot, but not necessarily impossible either.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #20
Friday January 24, 2014 8:10pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,133
On the bench for Arsenal today

admsghs27
Post #21
Friday January 24, 2014 8:32pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Messi has a better chance to play for USA than zalalem.

dunlopp9987
Post #22
Friday January 24, 2014 9:40pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 2,642
Original post from admsghs27

Messi has a better chance to play for USA than zalalem.


*bangs head against wall*
COYB!!
tylercocinas
Post #23
Friday January 24, 2014 10:02pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,151
Given the difficulties of securing a UK work permit it's hard to imagine him becoming a USMNTer. His only avenue would be the "extraordinary talent" exception since he can't suit up for the US to satisfy the participation in 75% (correct me if the number is wrong) of the NTs matches in a calendar year requirement without losing his German citizenship and by extension, his EU rights. Tough situation for the kid.

Once he becomes established at Arsenal I could see him exploring his options with regard to the possibility of securing a US passport/citizenship (if he's even eligible), if and only if he hasn't committed to Germany before then.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #24
Friday January 24, 2014 10:13pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,133
Zelalem to come on.

dunlopp9987
Post #25
Friday January 24, 2014 10:13pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 2,642
He's coming on!
COYB!!
Bshredder
Post #26
Friday January 24, 2014 10:13pm

Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts: 1,459
Once he plays for Germany's youth team in an official competition (likely this March), he will be forever barred from the U.S since he wasn't a citizen at the time of playing for Germany.

rjw77
Post #27
Friday January 24, 2014 10:23pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 289
What are the chances that a player is developed in America that is good enough to play for Arsenal at age 16 and he just so happens to not actually be American?

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #28
Friday January 24, 2014 10:27pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,387
Yep to bad he doesn't have US citizenship. But in saying that it looks as though the US youth teams are quite stacked with talent.

Congrats to him and congrats to the US academy system that made up a bulk of his development.

Chrisou101
Post #29
Friday January 24, 2014 10:33pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 626
A shame he can't play for the US. But this shows that US academies can produce players of his caliber.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #30
Friday January 24, 2014 10:34pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,387
But I will point out that Arsenal does have a talented American DM(Kash Wallace) playing with their U-16 academy right now. Who has been likened to Patrick Viera by some observers.

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