Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu recently closed out a successful club season with yet another goal in Stade de Reims’ season-concluding 2-2 draw with Nîmes Olympique at the Stade Auguste-Delaune II.
The 6’3” striker put his team ahead in the 62nd minute. He received a centering pass from Pablo Chavarria, made an agile turn, and slotted the ball home.
(Highlight starts at 2:33, it’s either a really nice goal or I’m an easily impressed simpleton.)
Siebatcheu finished the season with 17 goals, good for second in the league; he also tallied seven assists. Reims closed a historic season in Domino’s League 2, gleaning 88 points from 38 matches, running away with the title, and returning to the top division. The Grand Est-based club was relegated in 2016 after a four-year long tenure in Ligue 1.
Unfortunately, all of this probably means very little to you unless Siebatcheu chooses to play for the USMNT in the future.
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu (attaquant Reims) : « Mon choix est fait, je veux jouer pour l’équipe de France » pic.twitter.com/kzRXZiu4e7— +DEFOOT (@pdefooot) May 7, 2018
Of course, he has yet to be called in by Les Bleus, but this could be viewed as a minor setback for a USMNT that is in need of an infusion of young talent. Some dual-nationals are harder to convince than others, and Siebatcheu has lived in France for most of his life, joining Reims at the age of seven. The allure of playing for a World Cup-winning country is hard to pass up, but there’s always a chance he ends up playing for the USMNT down the road.
An optimist would point to a previous interview during which he expressed mild interest in joining the USMNT. Unfortunately, with no World Cup this summer and little meaningful soccer be played for a while, optimism and hope for the future is all American soccer fans have right now.