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USMNT News: Folarin Balogun Commits to Play for United States
FIFA approved his one-time switch from England
The United States Men’s National Team just added a valuable player to its player pool as Folarin Balogun has committed to playing for the USMNT.
“My decision to represent the United States came together with my family,” said Balogun. “In the end it became a no-brainer, but for sure it’s just something I wanted to do and it feels like I’m at home here. To represent the United States means a lot, more than people would know. I’m very proud and honored to have this opportunity, and I want to give everything I have to make our team successful.”
Balogun is currently tearing it up in Ligue 1. The 21-year-old has racked up 19 goals in 34 games so far this season while on loan from Arsenal at Stade de Reims. He became the youngest player to score at least 17 goals in a French first division season since 1956.
Current USMNT head coach Anthony Hudson is excited to add the forward to his arsenal of players leading up to the 2026 World Cup.
“We are delighted that Folarin has chosen to represent the United States,” said Hudson. “Not only is he an extremely talented player, he’s also a good man who is going to add value to our National Team both on and off the field at a time when the team is continuing to improve. It’s clear that he values his U.S. roots and we can’t wait for him to come in and be a part of the team.”
Balogun will be sent to the deep end of the Concacaf waters right away as the United States’ next scheduled match is a semi-final match against Mexico in Concacaf Nations League play. With the match being played in Las Vegas, a bumper crowd filled with both Mexican and USMNT fans will create an intense environment for Balogun’s potential first appearance in the stars and stripes.