Jurgen Klinsmann hasn’t lost out on too many U.S.-eligible dual nationals since taking over as U.S. Men’s National Tema head coach, so when reports out of Mexico had Club America central defender Ventura Alvarado choosing Mexico over his native USA, there was a bit of surprise.
Now it appears that Klinsamnn hasn’t lost out on Alvarado just yet after all.
In an interview ahead of Club America’s appearance in the Liga MX Apertura final against Tigres, Alvarado revealed that he was still open to playing for Mexico or the United States.
“I would love to play for the national team, both the U.S. or Mexico,” Alvarado told MLSSoccer.com. “I’d be so happy if they called me.”
As for whether he hopes Klinsmann will be watching him play, Alvarado replied “I hope so. I’m going to keep it in mind that he watches and do a great job.”
The 22-year-old Phoenix native is a versatile defender capable of playing anywhere along the back-line, but has long been considered a good central defender prospect. Alvarado has slotted into the Club America starting lineup at right back, and will be playing in his first professional final starting Thursday, when Club America faces Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres in the two-leg Apertura final.
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