It has been close to eight years since Alejandro Zendejas last represented the United States on the international level, but after sparking his club career in Mexico, the former Under-17 national team standout has earned his first call-up to the full USMNT setup.
The 24-year-old comes into his first senior camp off the back of a Man of the Match performance for Liga MX side Club America in a 2-2 draw with Puebla, and stands poised to feature for the Americans on Wednesday in a friendly against Serbia.
After overcoming adversity in the early days of his Liga MX career, Zendejas is continuing to blossom into a rising star with seven goals and three assists in 22 combined appearances this season. Now with confidence on his side, Zendejas is excited to show what he can do in the USMNT’s first match of 2023.
“I’m enjoying the moment, taking the opportunity that I have this week and I having my mind focused on tomorrow’s game,” Zendejas said Tuesday in a pre-match press conference with reporters. “I’m hoping tomorrow is a win for the team and a good sign off for me. It’s an honor to be here so I am looking to carry what I am doing with Club America to the national team.”
Zendejas last represented the United States in 2015 as a member of the U.S. Under-17 men’s national team, featuring at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. A former international teammate of Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, and fellow January call-up Brandon Vazquez, Zendejas has since featured twice for Mexico at both the senior and Under-23 levels (in appearances that have since landed the Mexican federation in hot water).
Although Zendejas will return to Club America following the Serbia friendly, interim head coach Anthony Hudson is pleased to have the dual-national in camp for the first time.
“Back a while ago Gregg had started that process and had a conversation with Alejandro and then it was all about timing and this opportunity came up,” Hudson said…
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Author : Larry Henry Jr
Publish date : 2023-01-25 12:45:00
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