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Jesus Ferreira reportedly commits to USMNT over Colombia

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We may see the teenager suit up against Costa Rica

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January Camp is often mocked and derided as a MLS American All-Star team capped off by a poorly attended friendly. Some years that’s true, but the 2020 edition did yield a positive development in terms of the future of the USMNT.

At just 19, the son of MLS MVP David Ferreira scored 8 goals with 6 assists for FC Dallas in 2453 minutes played. That would be good enough for 9th most among Americans in the league, except for one thing. Ferreira is also eligible to represent Colombia and only got his US citizenship last December.

Luckily, he was called into January camp and after a good showing the young attacker has decided that he will commit to joining the Stars and Stripes. Soccer By Ives notes that his decision “has cleared the way for the filing of the necessary paperwork with FIFA to allow him to represent the United States in official competition. Sources tell SBI the paperwork was submitted on Monday afternoon and is being processed, and the 19-year-old could be cleared to play for the United States in Saturday’s friendly against Costa Rica.”

Ferreira is a versatile player who can line up on the wing and lead the line as a number 9. MLS named him the 9th best player under 22 in the league. His highlight video shows that he has talent, the question is if he can continue to make an impression and develop in a critical year for the USMNT.