Gent midfielder Saief says it's 'matter of time' before USMNT call-up

Gent midfielder Saief says it's 'matter of time' before USMNT call-up

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Gent midfielder Saief says it's 'matter of time' before USMNT call-up


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Kenny Saief has represented Israel several times on the youth level, but the Gent midfielder says he expects to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team in the very near future.

Speaking to Israeli outlet Sport5, Saief revealed that, although he has yet to receive an official call-up, he believes that it is merely “a matter of time” before he represents the U.S. Men’s National Team. The 21-year-old midfielder, who was born in Panama City, Fla., has made 11 appearances for Belgian giants Gent this season, scoring two goals while adding four assists

“At least the United States appreciates me,” Saief told Sport5. “I have not decided if that’s what I want, I’m in a serious dilemma. I consulted with my mother. In two weeks, I will come to Israel for winter holidays. I’ll sit down with my family and I will see what happens. But as of now it looks like my best option, because the Israeli national team, no one talked to me at all.

“I’ve been two years in Belgium, and they’ve never came to see the game. That says it all. Not even a phone call. I play for the champion of Belgium, in the Champions League, I expect interest and nothing. Though makes the team did not come, I do not know what to do. Players even ask me why they don’t invite me. But coach has his decisions and through each one, he has cast his favorite. Always my heart was with the team and I will always want her to win. It’s my dream to play in the World Cup. If the team would like me would not think twice, but it not the case. When you love someone, but the other side look down on you …. what can I say.”

Saief most recently featured in Gent’s UEFA Champions League victory over Lyon that booked the club a spot in the competition’s knockout phase.

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