Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina set for USMNT/Poland choice

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Slonina is to be called up by Poland in June.
Slonina is to be called up by Poland in June. / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Exclusive - Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina will be called up to the Poland senior national team for their UEFA Nations League games in June.

The 17-year-old burst onto the scene at the end of the 2021 MLS season, playing in the Fire's final 11 matches and keeping four clean sheets.

Slonina has carried that strong form through into the current campaign, posting shutouts in five of his seven MLS appearances - a league-high so far - and conceding just two goals. US goalkeeping legend Tony Meola even compared the youngster to iconic Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon back in January.

Born in Addison, Illinois, Slonina is eligible to represent the United States and has been called into multiple camps by Gregg Berhalter, though he's yet to be capped at senior level.

But the goalkeeper is also of Polish descent and after recently being pictured with White and Reds head coach Czesław Michniewicz, 90min can reveal he will be called up for matches against Belgium, the Netherlands, and Wales. The choice now lies with Slonina whether or not to accept the Poland call-up or stick with the United States.

"I handed him the national team jersey with the No.1 and an eagle. He was very proud and touched by our conversation," Michniewicz said after that meeting. "He is very interested in playing for our squad. We know United States is tempting him too. I think that we are, in fact, heading in the right direction for him to represent us."

At club level, as revealed by 90min, Slonina continues to attract serious interest from the English Premier League, while an unnamed Spanish club attended the Fire's recent 0-0 draw with FC Dallas to watch the teenager.