The midfielder of Orlando Metropolis, Andrés Perea, acquired the approval of the FIFA to alter Colombia by U.Sthe United States Soccer Federation mentioned Tuesday.
Perea was born in Florida and moved to Colombia at a younger age. He rose by way of the youth ranks at Atlético Nacional and represented Colombia at the U-17 World Cup in 2017 and the U-20 World Cup two years later earlier than becoming a member of Orlando Metropolis on mortgage final season.
The 20-year-old was invited to a US nationwide group rally final month, though he was not eligible. He acquired information of his change from the new coach, Gregg Berhalter. “It was a vital determination for me,” Perea mentioned. “Colombia is my nation too, however it’s an honor for me to symbolize the United States as I did with Colombia in the previous.”
Perea is at the moment coaching with the United States Underneath-23 males’s group, which will try and qualify for this yr’s Tokyo Olympics throughout the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships, scheduled for March in Mexico.
Group supervisor Jason Kreis is delighted to have Perea accessible. “Andrés strikes us as a very attention-grabbing midfielder,” he mentioned throughout a convention name. “The quantity of floor he’s in a position to cowl defensively … I believe it’s a bit totally different stage than a few of the different guys we’ve in our group.”