FIFA approves Saief's one-time switch to USA

Dean Mouhtaropoulos
The 23-year-old is now only eligible to represent the United States at the international level after playing in Israel's youth national team setup

FIFA has approved Kenny Saief's application for a change of association, U.S. Soccer has announced.

'Mr. Dependable' Rowe earns U.S. chance 

Article continues below

The midfielder, who plays for Belgian club KAA Gent, was born in Florida but represented Israel at the U-19 and U-21 levels.

After the change of association request was approved, Saeif is now permanently tied to the U.S. for international competition. 

Saief was named to the USA's 40-player provisional roster for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup. The final roster of 23 players will be announced on Sunday.