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Danny Leyva close to securing Mexican passport as Sounders midfielder considers international future

Chris Smith
Leyva is torn between Mexico and the United States.
Leyva is torn between Mexico and the United States. / Abbie Parr/GettyImages
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Seattle Sounders midfielder Danny Leyva is close to securing a Mexican passport as he continues to consider his international future, sources tell 90min.

After an injury-hit 2020 campaign, Leyva has rallied over the past two years to play 40 MLS regular-season matches. During that time, the Nevada native ranks third among Sounders players for middle-third possessions won per 90 minutes (3.99), fourth for completed passes (49.37), and fifth for final-third passes completed (12.52).

Still just 19 years old, Leyva - who has already won MLS Cup and Concacaf Champions League titles with Seattle - is capped extensively for the United States across various youth levels and played three times during their U-17 World Cup campaign in 2019.

However, Leyva was snubbed from the recent U-20 roster that will face Peru, Mexico, and Paraguay in the Revelations Cup, with Mikey Varas calling up the likes of Jack McGlynn, Daniel Edelman, and Paxten Aaronson instead.

90min understands Leyva is on the verge of securing his Mexican passport, while the news of his omission from the US U-20 team comes as the midfielder is yet to fully decide on his international future.

Leyva is already eligible for a call-up from El Tri as he was born to Mexican parents.

Instead, Leyva will remain in Seattle to prepare for the Sounders' next match at home to FC Cincinnati next week, with Brian Schmetzer's side 10th in the Western Conference, four points adrift of the MLS Cup Playoffs spots.


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