Club America defender Ventura Alvarado said he is committed to the United States men’s national team over Mexico, Doug McIntyre of ESPNFC reports.
Alvarado, 22, was born in the United States to Mexican parents and has the option of representing either country at the international level.
He made his first appearance for the USMNT during Wednesday’s friendly against Denmark, but is still not tied to either country.
Alvarado told ESPN that is was a tough decision because his parents and his club teammates want him to play for Mexico.
"I want to stay here," Alvarado said. "I was happy to wear this jersey and I'm really motivated to be here and keep working. I'm looking forward to getting another call-up."
Alvarado said he told Mexico coach Miguel Herrera that he wants to play for the United States.
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