Luca Koleosho accepts CanMNT call-up - but remains eligible for USMNT

Lizzy Becherano
John Herdman calls in Luca Koleosho.
John Herdman calls in Luca Koleosho. / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages
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Canadian-American player Luca Koleosho recently accepted a call-up by CanMNT to form part of the 25-player roster featuring in the upcoming June international window. 

Koleosho joins as the North American side turns their attention to the Concacaf Nations League, hosting Curacao at BC Place before traveling to Honduras. But despite being named to the squad, the Espanyol player has not yet closed the door on the USMNT.

The winger is reportedly waiting until after the June camp to make his decision, according to ESPN

Born in Connecticut to a Nigerian father and Italian-Canadian mother, Koleosho had several options to decide from when it came to international football. He quickly got involved with Canada and the United States, making it a tug-of-war between the two North American nations.

He’s featured for youth camps on both ends, appearing for the Under-20 sides. His recent call-up to John Herdman’s squad, however, stands as his first involvement with either senior team. 

But given his limited involvement with the Canadian senior squad, Koleosho is still eligible for FIFA’s one time switch that states athletes can make the jump if they have played no more than three competitive matches at a senior level prior to them turning 21. However, players must wait two years until after the last appearance. 

Additionally, if a player features in a World Cup match or continental finals, they are then unable to apply for a change to their national team. 

Koleosho would be a valuable asset to either side after becoming the youngest American-born player to debut in La Liga last Saturday. He joined Espanyol in the final match of the season, coming on as a substitute against Granada. 

The winger also featured for the team’s Under-19 side as they reached the Copa del Rey Juvenil final, and played for the B team in the Spanish fourth division.


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