USA call up double nationals Vazquez and Zendejas for January camp

Two-time nationals Alejandro Zendejas of Club America in the Liga MX and Brandon Vazquez of FC Cincinnati in MLS will be called up for the United States senior national team for the first time, sources have told Futbol Americas hosts Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar.

The sources said the 24-year-old Mexican-American is on the roster for this month’s camp in Los Angeles ahead of friendlies with Serbia at Banc of California Stadium on January 25 and Colombia at Carson’s Dignity Health Sports Park on January 25. 28.

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The full USA squad is set to be released on Wednesday, with World Cup assistant Anthony Hudson in charge of overseeing the squad for camp and friendlies.

Vazquez, a 2022 MLS All-Star, said last year he was open to Mexico or the United States, but hinted at this month’s MLS media day that a decision had already been made. was taken.

« This is a big milestone for me, » Vazquez told of earning a shot at the USMNT’s January camp.

“I mean, growing up with the [U.S.] the national team, and then seeing other teammates have the opportunity and flourish with the men’s national team, and not being there, sometimes I compare, you know? So I would still like to be there too. I had wanted to do this for a long time.”

Vazquez, who was part of the U.S. national youth team roster, also noted that there was « still no conversation » with the Mexican federation and that « no one has been called. »

Zendejas represented Mexico and the United States at youth level and made two senior appearances for Sorting at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. Last August, ESPN Mexico reported that FIFA was investigating the eligibility of the player who has not yet filed a one-time switch with Mexico.

In September, a US Soccer representative confirmed to ESPN that he was following Zendejas’ development, following his involvement in youth training.

While Vazquez is in the MLS pre-season, a possible hurdle for Zendejas is two upcoming home games for America in Mexico City against Puebla on Jan. 21 and Mazatlan on Jan. 28. Club America doesn’t have to release Zendejas.

Earlier in the Futbol Americas episode, Houston Dynamo FC Designated Player and Mexico international Hector Herrera lamented that Sorting only has a limited pool of high-quality players to choose from.

« Today the truth is that there are few options for the national team to choose from, » Herrera said. “Development and opportunities for Mexican players is something we have stopped doing. We did it very well before.”

Herrera said the difficulty for some domestic players to move abroad was part of the problem, while stressing the need to keep transfer prices reasonable and use more sale clauses, as Pachuca has done. in his deal with Porto in 2013, to help send Mexico. players in Europe and improve the national team.

« Today we have players who for me should play in Europe, not in Liga MX, » added Herrera.

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