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A Guardian reporter thinks Zelalem could play for the USMNT, but for a snag.

David Hynter thinks Zelalem would commit to the USMNT, if not for European and English labor laws.

He has spent the key years of his young life in the US and he not only sounds American, he considers himself to be American. His laid-back attitude and quiet self-assurance are characteristically American. If all things were equal, he would surely choose to declare for Klinsmann and the USA national side, who would love to add a little fantasy to their game.

But all things are not equal. According to Section 25 (i) of the German Nationality Act, German citizenship "shall be lost by a person acquiring a foreign citizenship upon his/her application. This does not affect persons acquiring the citizenship of an EU member state or Switzerland."

Zelalem has a claim for a US passport but, if he pursued it, he would not only lose his German citizenship but his EU rights, which could affect his ability to work in England. At the very least, he would have to apply for a work permit and that could lead him and Arsenal into choppy waters.

If this is true, I expect the full weight of the US Department of State, Stan Kroenke's legal team, and some rogue American Outlaws behind making this happen.

Check out the full profile on Zelalem.

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