Alejandro Zendejas has ended all speculation about his international future as he announced that he will play for the United States men’s national team permanently.
The 25-year-old had been swirled in controversy last year when FIFA launched an investigation into his participation in two of Mexico’s friendlies in October 2021 and April 2022, against Ecuador and Guatemala without filing a one-time switch with the organization.
Mexico’s new coach Diego Cocca was reportedly taking an active approach to convince Zendejas to commit to the country of his birth, but the Club America winger decided ultimately to represent the U.S., for which played for the U-15s and U-17s.
“I am very grateful for all the opportunities the United States and Mexico have provided to me and my family. 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,” Zendejas said in a statement on his Instagram. “I’m excited for this next chapter and earning my place with the USMNT. Thank you to everyone for the incredible support.”
Zendejas could be in contention for a spot in the U.S. roster for their upcoming games in the Concacaf Nations League as he appears to have recovered from a muscle injury that kept out of action for weeks in Liga MX.