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Chile working to recruit Sebastian Soto

Will Soto stick with the U.S.?

Photography Hannover 96 Season 2019/20 Photo by Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images

ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle writes that an unnamed source told him that Chile national team manager Reinaldo Rueda is attempting to convince striker Sebastian Soto to play for Chile.

Soto has featured extensively for United States Men’s National youth teams and scored four goals in five games this summer at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Soto’s only international experience has come with the U.S. (his country of birth). However, he is also eligible to represent Chile (his father’s country of birth) and Mexico as a result of his mother’s heritage. If he were to play for either of those teams, he would have to file a one-time switch. Carlisle writes that his source indicated that El Tri has yet to contact Soto.

At the club level, Soto plays for 2. Bundesliga side Hannover 96 (relegated from the Bundesliga last season). He spent last season playing for the club’s U-19 side but has been with the first team for all three of its games of the 2019-2020 campaign. However, his only appearance so far this season was a brief cameo off of the bench.

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