Club América star Alex Zendejas commits to USMNT over Mexico

Alejandro Zendejas says he’s committing to the U.S. nationwide group over Mexico.

The 25-year-old ahead made his U.S. debut in a Jan. 25 exhibition in opposition to Serbia however remained eligible to ask FIFA for a one-time swap of affiliation to Mexico.

Zendejas began three matches for the U.S. on the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, the place he was a teammate of Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams, then performed for Mexico in friendlies in opposition to Ecuador in October 2021 and Guatemala final April plus three under-23 matches for El Tri.

Mexico was ordered to forfeit all 5 matches and fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,900) by FIFA for utilizing Zendejas whereas he was affiliated with the U.S.

“I am very proud of being Mexican-American. Values from both cultures have made me the person I am today,” Zendejas stated in a press release Tuesday. “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.”

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Zendejas was within the youth academy of Major League Soccer’s Dallas group. He made his MLS debut in opposition to Houston on May 1, 2015, and transferred to Mexico’s Chivas in June 2016, then went on mortgage to Zacatepec in June 2017. Zendejas transferred to Necaxa in June 2020 and to Club América in January 2022.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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