Report: Potts not eligible for USA

Report: Potts not eligible for USA

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Report: Potts not eligible for USA

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Danny Potts might not have an international choice to make after all. 

According to Yanks Abroad, Potts, a West Ham left back whose father was born in the United States, is not eligible to represent the United States. Potts, 18, played for the U.S. Under-20 national team last May when it was thought that he had dual eligibility, but both U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos and U.S. Soccer have reportedly learned that may not be the case.

The uncertainty is centered on how long his father, former West Ham standout and England youth international Steve Potts, lived in the United States, and that it might not have been a long enough period to make his son a citizen. Danny Potts was born in England.

"Based on the information we have now, we do not believe he is eligible for citizenship through family relation," U.S. Soccer communications officer Michael Kammarman told YA.

Added Ramos: "Regarding Danny Potts, it is my understanding that the paperwork is not as easy as we thought it was going to be from the beginning. So there is a very good chance that he absolutely cannot be part of this process in this (U-20) cycle."

Potts has played for West Ham's first team on a few occasions this season, is captain of the club's Under-18 team and earned his first call-up from the England Under-18 national team last month for a match against Poland.

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