The 16-year-old forward doesn't want to ruffle feathers but is keeping an open door to potential call from across the pond after a disappointing spell at Under-17 World CupEXCLUSIVE
By J.R. Eskilson
USA Under-17 international Jack McBean has a tough decision to make when he steps up to the full international scene; stick with the US or opt for Scotland?
The 16-year-old's farther is from Scotland and the LA Galaxy Under-16 academy product admitted a fondness for the Tartan Army but has yet to make a decision on who he will plump for if that day arrives.
Goal.com caught up with the youngster following his team’s 4-0 win over the Dallas Texans and asked about the rumors.
“Yeah, my dad is from there [Scotland] obviously,” McBean said. “We always watched Scotland when I was growing up.
“But I mean can’t really say anything about that,” he said.
McBean is playing with the LA Galaxy Under-16 academy team, as the MLS outfit pushes for a first national championship at the Development Academy Finals Week in Milwaukee.
The striker, who signed a deal with the Galaxy via the Home Grown initiative in January, saw limited time at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, with a lone appearance coming in the final game of the tournament.
“Bummed I didn’t get to play much, but it was a good experience with the guys,” McBean said.
The US crashed out in the last-16 to Germany, losing 4-0, but McBean was an important piece leading up to the World Cup; with three assists in the 3-0 victory over Canada to clinch the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
“National teams are the highest honor you can get for any sport,” he added. “I would love to play on the national team again.”
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