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America won't stand in Ventura Alvarado's way if he chooses USMNT

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Ventura Alvarado's international future is still very much up in the air, but if the 22-year-old defender ends up choosing the United States over Mexico, it doesn't appear as though he'll get any significant pushback from his boss at Club America.

Although America sporting director Ricardo Pelaez said he believed Alvarado had a future with El Tri, he almost seemed to be inviting the United States to swoop. Pelaez served as Mexico's sporting director during the 2014 World Cup.

"If [the US] see him and act first, they can call him up and take the advantage," Pelaez said.

Alvarado, who moved to Mexico from Phoenix was he was 15, has begun to emerge as a potential international talent this season. He's logged 839 minutes and made 13 appearances this year and has helped America move into second place in the Liga MX Clausura standings. Alvarado has been mostly playing as the right center back in a three-center back formation.