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FIFA approves Saief's one-time switch to USA

20:30 GMT+3 22/06/2017
Kenny Saief, Gent
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.

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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.