'No better way to introduce myself' - Folarin Balogun on USMNT decision, first impressions against Mexico and his expectations for himself

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The recruiting pitch is done; Folarin Balogun is here. After months of speculation and hype, Balogun is less than one week away from his potential U.S. men's national team debut. It could, quite fittingly, come against Mexico: a big game introduction for a big game player hoping to make an instant impact.

"It's a fantastic opportunity, not just for me, but for the team," Balogun said on Friday. "Mexico and the U.S. is the big rivalry and I'm looking forward to it. There's no better way to introduce myself than playing against a big opposition when it matters."

Balogun will hope to make it a grand introduction, one, perhaps, with a trophy at the end of it. There are few better ways to kickstart a national team career than with some silverware, and the USMNT are just two wins away from lifting the Nations League for the second consecutive cycle.

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Before taking the field, Balogun spoke to the media about his expectations, his thoughts on the USMNT and what went through his mind during that now-famous Orlando Trip.

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