Cirilo Saucedo wants to play for USA, but is he even eligible?

The Club Tijuana goalkeeper celebrated his nomination for the Liga MX's best netminder by expressing his desire to play for a national team.
UPDATED: Wednesday, 4:15 p.m. ET

¡Ahora, lee USA en Español!

Cirilo Saucedo was singled out by his peers as one of the Mexican league's best three goalkeepers last season, and he believes the high praise should translate into a Mexico national team selection.

With Olympic gold medalist Jose de Jesus Corona and Ajaccio GK Guillermo Ochoa fighting it out for the top spot at El Tri, Saucedo is setting his sights north of the border. But there is one problem.

It's unclear if he's even eligible to play for the United States.

Despite Saucedo telling that the U.S. national team had reached out to him and telling the Mexican press that "there's a possibility to be called up by Mexico or the United States," the 30-year-old would need to be a citizen for any shot at the U.S. team.

Saucedo told Mexican newspaper the Record that his mother is American, but his club team, Tijuana, was unable to verify if he was indeed a citizen himself or if he would need a green card, which would likely delay his eligibility for five years or more.

Saucedo believes that he has earned a call up for Chepo de la Torre's national team by now, as last season he was part of a defensive unit that only allowed 11 goals, tops in the league.

"Sometimes, I feel like you have to be in the middle of a scandal to be considered," said Saucedo to the Record, referring to Corona's brushes with violence both on and off the pitch in recent years.

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