Soccer star Andy Najar, a midfielder for D.C. United, recently put an end to months of uncertainty among fans in both the US and Honduras by choosing to play for the latter country.
According to The Associated Press, the 18-year-old Najar went to high school in Virginia and has a US green card, but was not yet eligible for citizenship at the time of his decision. To represent a country in international soccer tournaments, a player has to have citizenship, according to the Washington Post.
In addition to the wait he’d have to endure to play internationally for a US team, Honduran natives were concerned they’d lose him to an American team.
Prior to the official announcement of the soccer player’s choice, his agent said that he is “prepared to make the leap to international football.”
By choosing Honduras and not waiting for US citizenship, Najar will be able to play for the Catrachos this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Post reports. He will also reportedly be eligible to play in the Under-20 World Cup this summer and the Olympics next year.