Liga MX star Alejandro Zendejas, 25, ‘commits to the US national team over Mexico’… but prospects Cade Cowell, 19, and Brandon Vazquez, 24, have yet to decide international futures
Club America midfielder Alejandro Zendejas has committed his future to the US, according to a new report out of Mexico.
Zendejas, who was born in Mexico but grew up in El Paso, Texas, has approached a pivotal time in his international career after turning 25 last month and debuting for the USMNT in January.
And according to TUDN’s Gibran Araige, Zendejas has decided to play with the United States with the Nations League coming up later in March.
The attacking midfielder would bring a much-needed boost of goals and creativity to the USA set up, as he’s scored six goals and provided three assists for his club this season in 21 starts.
Zendejas’ international situation is a tricky one.
Alejandro Zendejas has reportedly chosen the USA over Mexico for his international future
Zendejas made his USMNT debut in a friendly vs. Serbia on January 25
He actually appeared twice (in friendlies) for Mexico in 2022, but FIFA ruled that the Mexican federation violated rules because he was under the jurisdiction of the USA, and the player had not filed a one-time switch.
Nonetheless, Zendejas could still currently decide to play for Mexico – a choice he has appeared to reject.
Appearing in a single Nations League game against Grenada or El Salvador would not technically cap-tie him, as FIFA rules allow a one-time switch after a maximum of three games (including one official) with a national side.
It would certainly make switching harder, however, as Zendejas would have to wait three years from his last USA cap to switch to Mexico.
On January 25, Zendejas debuted for the USA against Serbia alongside attackers Cade Cowell and Brandon Vazquez, both of whom are also eligible to play for Mexico.
Both players were born in California and have never appeared for Mexico, but have expressed at least an openness to representing El Tri.
Vazquez told MLSSoccer.com in September, ‘I’m still open to both El Tri and the USMNT, and it would be an honor to represent either country.
‘I’ve got a lot of passion for my Mexican culture, but a lot of the US players are my friends and I feel like I’d be very comfortable there and fit in right away.’
Brandon Vazquez (left) and Cade Cowell have yet to formally commit to the USA national team
Meanwhile, ESPN reported in May that Cowell was in the process of obtaining Mexican citizenship, and he’s also yet to make a firm decision at 19.
‘It’s good to know I have the option, you have to have an open mind. I really could play for both,’ he told 90min.
‘If one doesn’t call me, I can play for the other. It’s really what it is.’
Dual nationals played a large role for the USA at the World Cup, as Antonee Robinson, Yunus Musah and Sergino Dest started every match for the team.
The USA plays Grenada on March 24 before facing El Salvador three days later.