American -born striker, Folarin Balogun, is reportedly close to making a decision to choose the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) over the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Balogun was born in the United States to Nigerian parents, and has been playing professionally in Europe for Reims.
During the international break, Balogun visited Orlando after pulling out of the England Under-21 team due to injury. While in Florida, he had discussions with the USMNT as he weighs his options of representing Nigeria, England, or the US at the international level.
USMNT coach, Hudson, has confirmed that no official decision has been made by Balogun, but that he has been in communication with the striker and his agent since he left Orlando. However, it has been reported that Balogun will likely choose to represent the USMNT.
“We had some very good conversations with Flo and his agent, just sharing what we do, talking to him about where we see him in our team, allowing him just to get a feel for the country, the team, the guys,” Hudson told reporters on Tuesday. “The conversations went really, really well, and then, since he and his agent went back to Europe, there have just been a couple of text messages and now it’s down to him to make a decision.”
The recruitment of Balogun remains a major talking point for the USMNT, as the 21-year-old striker’s impressive 17 goals in Ligue 1 this season could make him the striker of the future for the team. Balogun’s potential decision to represent the USMNT would add to the team’s growing list of talented young players, as they seek to build a competitive squad for future international competitions.
In summary, Balogun’s potential decision to represent the USMNT over Nigeria or England could have a significant impact on the future of the team. While no official decision has been made, the conversations with Balogun have been positive, and his impressive form in Ligue 1 makes him an exciting prospect for the USMNT.