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USMNT in 'open dialogue' with Folarin Balogun

USMNT in 'open dialogue' with Folarin Balogun

Publish on 03/16 at 07:49 - S. TELFORD


Folarin Balogun's form at Stade de Reims on loan from Arsenal has attracted the attention of the United States Men's National Team.

Arsenal academy graduate Balogun as born in New York but grew up in London and is capped with England up to under-21 level, for whom he has seven goals in 13 international outings.


He joined Reims on loan at the start of the season and has since plundered 16 goals and two assists at a rate of one every 113 minutes he has played in Ligue 1 Uber Eats.


And the USA, who have been under the interim charge of Anthony Hudson since January, are keen to see the player line up in the Stars and Stripes going forwards.


Hudson: 'dialogue continuing' with Balogun


"With Flo, all I'll say is that there is open dialogue with him and his team, and that dialogue is continuing," Hudson said ahead of the USMNT's CONCACAF Nations League meetings with Grenada and El Salvador later this month. "That's all I can say on that one.


"It’s been really important to make sure we're doing all we can to engage with [dual-nationals] and if there are any out there that can help the team, we need to connect and engage, and try to encourage them. We need to show them what we're doing, and hopefully get guys to come and commit to us."


Balogun scored twice in four games for the US at under-18 level in 2018. If he were to join up with them at senior level, he would likely have LOSC's Tim Weah and ESTAC Troyes Erik Palmer-Brown for company.

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