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Kristoffer Lund has one-time switch approved by FIFA to represent USMNT


Kristoffer Lund has become the newest player to become eligible to represent the U.S. men’s national team.

FIFA approved Lund’s one-time international switch on Thursday, U.S. Soccer confirmed. The Palermo left back is currently in the USMNT squad for upcoming September friendlies against Uzbekistan and Oman.

“It’s always good to start the day on good news, and we received good news from FIFA this morning,” USMNT assistant coach BJ Callaghan said Thursday. “Kristoffer, your one-time transfer has officially been approved and we appreciate the commitment to us and in return we’ll give you our full commitment and we welcome you into the brotherhood.”

Lund, 21, had previously represented Denmark at several youth levels, but now has committed his future to the USMNT. At club level, Lund made the move to Italy from Swedish side Hacken.

Lund made 73 appearances for Hacken, registering 15 assists. He also came through the ranks at Danish side Midtjylland, where he earned two senior appearances for the club.

Lund will compete with Fulham’s Antonee Robinson and Wolfsburg’s Kevin Paredes for minutes during the September window.

The USMNT faces Uzbekistan on Saturday in St. Louis before closing out its two-match window against Oman in St. Paul on Sept. 12.


  1. i’m not sold jedi and dest are the endgame so give him a roll. for a defender that means real minutes. defender is a position that punishes isolated brain farts — neal.

    a subtle bit of news in there is callaghan is back as an assistant.

    • I dunno about that. I’ve never seen Lund play in an actual game but he looks like a live wire on film. Obviously that’s going to be a Greatest Hits tape that omits the bad but Whoo Doggy he had an impressive highlight reel. Guy is fast, he’s incredibly technical and good on the ball, he’s a true lefty and showed (at least in the highlights) he could drop his crosses into dangerous spots in the box, and he showed a physicality and nastiness in his defending that I haven’t ever seen from…certain others. (Dest, cough, Dest.)

      Palermo’s a Serie B side so it remains to be seen if he can make that jump to the bigs, but if he can, we may have stolen one there. True left backs are unicorns and it’s pretty easy to see on film why he might have gotten the attention of Berhalter and his staff.

      Dude definitely looked like he was worth a look, anyhow.


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