U.S. Soccer could be targeting the services of two dual nationals to help boost the player pool. According to a report in The Athletic, U.S. Soccer has contacted forward Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu and left back Kik Pierie to inquire about their desire to represent the United States on the senior international level.
Both Siebatcheu, 22, and Pierie, 18, are American-born dual nationals, with Siebatcheu also holding French citizenship and Pierie a national of The Netherlands. Both would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA if they wish to join the USMNT. Still, U.S. Soccer appears to be keen to add these two players to the pool as this new World Cup cycle begins.
Jordan Siebatcheu currently plays for Rennes of Ligue 1, but moved there recently from Reims (who won promotion to Ligue 1 last season after winning Ligue 2). He has expressed interest in representing the USMNT in the past, but reportedly turned down a call-up from Dave Sarachan in June for matches against Ireland and France, citing the switch to the new club. He has also indicated that he would love to represent France as well. He also carries the ability to represent Cameroon. He has represented France at the U-21 level, but has not represented anyone at the senior international level.
Kik Pierie has played regularly for Heerenveen in the Eredivisie at left back and centerback since he was 18, and has also played for the Dutch U-19s. However, left back is a position of major need for the USMNT, so Pierie could provide some much-needed depth at that position. According to The Athletic’s Kristian Dyer, a new coach could provide the stability needed to make a pitch to Pierie in the hopes he will switch to the USMNT.
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