Valencia’s talented midfielder Yunus Musah will represent the United States on an international level. Musah, who previously played for England’s youth teams, announced his decision on Monday.
Speaking on the US Soccer official website, Musah said that it was an easy decision for him to play in the country he was born. He was also eligible to represent England, Ghana, and Italy.
“The moment I decided to play for the United States came one day when my heart told me that this was the best place for me,” said Musah. “The project that we have now and for the future is so exciting, and it’s a great pleasure to be able to be a part of that. I can’t wait to get started.”
Musah was born in New York City to Ghanaian parents but spent his early childhood in Italy. When he was nine years old, his family moved to London where he joined Arsenal’s academy.
During his time with Arsenal, Musah received and accepted the call from England’s U15 team. He went on to play and captain the country’s other youth teams, including the U18.
In 2020, Musah received a call-up from Gregg Berhalter to play for the USMNT on the senior level. The teenager went on to make two appearances in friendlies against Panama and Wales.
England’s manager Gareth Southgate tried to convince Musah to switch his allegiance back to England in recent months. Still, the player eventually decided to go with a United States talented core that also includes Christian Pulisic, Sergino Dest, and Weston McKennie.
“He’s a player that fits really well into what we’re trying to do,” said Berhalter when he got the news about Musah’s decision.
Musah joined Valencia in the summer of 2019 and is currently enjoying a breakthrough season. He played 27 matches in 2020-21 and has two goals to his name.