There will be at least one brand new face on the USMNT’s first roster in nearly a year when its announced on Tuesday. The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio reports that Valencia winger/midfielder Yunus Musah has accepted a call-up to the U.S. camp ahead of their friendly against Wales on November 12.
Valencia breakout star Yunus Musah has accepted a call-up to #USMNT camp later this month, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) November 3, 2020
The 17-year-old New York-born Musah has represented England at the youth levels.https://t.co/U9qM0SpYd8 pic.twitter.com/znNTna4Rm3
Musah, 17, has emerged onto the scene in La Liga this season, appearing seven times for the Spanish stalwarts, while notching his first goal for the club a few days ago against Getafe.
Y llega el primero del partido, Yunus Musah pone en ventaja al @valenciacf #ValenciaGetafe ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/4DYXxCcdKG— beIN SPORTS Español (@ESbeINSPORTS) November 1, 2020
While this is certainly great news as it pertains to the USMNT’s recruiting efforts under Gregg Berhalter, Earnie Stewart and the new-look regime, it’s not a given that dual-national is firmly committed to playing for the team long-term. Because he hasn’t played an official match for England’s setup yet, he’s free to play any non-cap tying match for the countries he’s eligible for, of which there are four. In addition to England and the U.S., he’s eligible to also represent Italy and Ghana.
Whether or not Musah is ready to be a permanent part of the USMNT’s exciting young generation remains to seen. However, the hardest step was to get him to give the U.S. a chance. Now that he has, the door is wide open for anything to happen in the future.
This bit of news is just more proof of the great work the technical staff is doing, making sure every possible stone is turned over when it comes to recruitment and player discovery.
What do you think of Yunus Musah joining the next USMNT camp? Even more excited for the future now?