The Mexican-born player specified that while he is not yet an American citizen, he would "analyze" the possibility should it become a reality in the future.¡Ahora, lee Goal.com USA en Español!
TIJUANA, Mexico -- Despite having Premier League goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan at the top of the depth chart, along with talented youngsters Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson waiting in the wings, Tijuana shot-stopper Cirilo Saucedo says the U.S. Soccer Federation has reached out to him.
Saucedo confirmed to Goal.com that the U.S. national team had been in contact with his father, who is also his agent, about the possibility of the Mexican-born player playing for the USA in the future. The 30-year-old, whose mother is a U.S. citizen, is not an American citizen.
"My father is my agent, and I'm aware that he has been in contact with someone [at the U.S. Soccer Federation]. That's the truth," Saucedo told Goal.com following Wednesday's practice. It is unclear exactly who his father spoke to at U.S. Soccer.
U.S. Soccer would not comment on the issue.
The possibility of Saucedo suiting up for the Americans stemmed from reports out of Mexico earlier in the week that indicated that the Xolos goalkeeper was lobbying for a spot on the U.S. team, while leaving the issue of his eligibility via citizenship in the air. The process of becoming a citizen would take at least five years, meaning he'd be nearly 36 by the time he'd be able to suit up for the U.S.
"First, I'd like to clear up that an article was published recently by a newspaper that put words in my mouth that I never said. I'm going to analyze the situation when it becomes a possibility. My mother's American, I don't have [citizenship] yet," Saucedo said.
Saucedo also stressed that his comments were not intended to be a warning for the Mexican national team, which has not called him up despite his sparkling form that has landed him on the shortlist for the best goalkeeper award in the Liga MX.
"We're talking about a hypothetical. I have the chance to play for the United States if I'm a citizen, not if the Mexican national team doesn't call me up. It's a complicated issue," the former Tigres and Indios player noted. "I don't know if it's going to happen yet. I would want to do it because of my family, for my child's education. For that to happen my mother and I have to undergo the process."
Although he is three years younger than the United States' current first-choice goalkeeper, Howard, a mindful Saucedo said he was aware that the legal process behind becoming eligible might take several years.
"It's not a process that takes a day. That's the reality," he continued. "We've looked at ways for us to do this. There are legal questions that need to be answered."
Even then, Saucedo would not completely dismiss the chance of suiting up for Mexico's biggest rival.
"If, in the future, there is a possibility to play for the United States, we'll analyze that. I mean, would I love to play in a World Cup? Yes, definitely. But right now, I'm focused on my club," he said.
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