Valencia's Yunus Musah commits international future to United States

Yunus Musah grew up in Italy and then England, who alongside Ghana he was also eligible to represent, going on to captain the Three Lions at Under-18 level.

Yunus Musah was eligible to represent United States as he was born in New York to a Ghanaian mother who was on holiday visiting relatives at the time (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Valencia forward Yunus Musah has committed his international future to the United States, U.S. Soccer said on Monday.

Musah, who turned 18 in November, was eligible to represent the side managed by Gregg Berhalter as he was born in New York to a Ghanaian mother who was on holiday visiting relatives at the time.

He grew up in Italy and then England, who alongside Ghana he was also eligible to represent, going on to captain the Three Lions at Under-18 level.

Musah signed for Valencia from Arsenal in 2019 aged 16.

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He made his La Liga debut last year, starting during the victory on the opening day of the season over Levante, and has made 24 La Liga appearances this season, scoring once.

Musah made his bow for the U.S. in November's 0-0 friendly draw with Wales, but as the game was not a competitive fixture he could still have opted for a different national team.

“I think it was pretty clear for me to decide to play for the United States,” Musah said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer.

“First of all, I think it makes sense to represent the country I was born in. The moment I decided to play for the United States came one day when my heart told me that this was the best place for me.

"The project that we have now and for the future is so exciting, and it’s a great pleasure to be able to be a part of that. I can’t wait to get started.”

The U.S. has scheduled friendlies versus Jamaica in Austria on March 25 and Northern Ireland in Belfast three days later.

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