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On January 6, 2019 at 7:52 PM, Grizzly said:

If one of his parents is American he is legitimately American. I have no problem with him choosing them in that case but also considering us a back up option if that does not work out especially since at the current time he is not even a Canadian citizen. It only bothers me when players choose to play for countries that they have weak ties to because it is better for their career. He is a legitimate American and not even a Canadian citizen at the moment.

I see what you're saying and I agree but the things is according to FIFA rules you have to be eligible to represent the nation before being provisionally cap-tied 

For example if he does play in the U17 CONCACAF Championship for the USMNT and he doesn't have his Canadian citizenship then I'm not sure he's still able to switch 

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10 hours ago, Thomas said:

I see what you're saying and I agree but the things is according to FIFA rules you have to be eligible to represent the nation before being provisionally cap-tied 

For example if he does play in the U17 CONCACAF Championship for the USMNT and he doesn't have his Canadian citizenship then I'm not sure he's still able to switch 

You're absolutely correct Odunze would never be able to represent Canada if he played a US competitive youth match before getting Canadian citizenship. The USMNT has suffered the same fate with Diego Fagundez and Jack Harrison. Two young, promising players who spent their formative years in the US, but played competitive youth matches for Uruguay and England before obtaining US citizenship. They'll fail to make the Uruguay and England senior teams, but can never switch to the USMNT despite having US citizenship.

Odunze almost certainly will play for the US in the tournament, so he must have his Canadian citizenship by mid-April. Though if he's going on trial with a Premier League club, he has to think he has a good shot of eventually making it with the US national team.

Edited by ChuckMe92

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As Caldwell always stated, "he's very athletic" which I agree with, I just think he made too many blunders and doesn't possess great footballing sense, just my opinion having watched him for years! I am real happy for him to come back from a couple of significant injuries and now he gets a chance to play at home, good luck to him!

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