Friday, May 15, 2015

Gedion Zelalem has been cleared to play for America this summer

(May 15, 2105, (DM))--Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been cleared by FIFA to play for the United States and has been added to the squad for the Under-20 World Cup next month.

The U.S. Soccer Federation made the announcement on Wednesday. FIFA's decision also makes the 18-year-old eligible for the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer and the under-23 team that will go to Olympic qualifying in October.

Zelalem was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents and lived in Maryland for six years before going to Arsenal's youth academy when he was 16. Zelalem obtained U.S. citizenship in December, and the USSF applied to FIFA to make him eligible for its national team system.

The USSF also said University of San Diego goalkeeper will replace Molde's Ethan Horvath in the 21-man squad for the Under-20 World Cup. Read more from Daily Mail »

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