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MLS Star Snubs Brazil In Favour Of Joining USA National Team

Brazilian MLS star Juninho controversially claims he wants to play for the USA…

LA Galaxy star Juninho has revealed that he wants to play for the USA rather than Brazil. The 26-year-old midfielder was born in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, but received his United States citizenship in July 2013.

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The Brazilian told local news site Globesporte.com that he would prefer to represent the US rather than his homeland.

“I have expressed my desire to play for the US national team,” he said. “I think the US national team is closer than the Brazilian national team for me because of the five years I’ve been there [in the USA] and because of the knowledge I have of the league and the players”.

Juninho made his debut for Sao Paolo in 2008, before moving to the LA Galaxy in 2010.

He has never represented Brazil himself, though his younger brother, Cruzeiro forward Ricardo Goulart, was called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time in August last year.

The MLS star’s decision may also have something to do with the fact that he has more chance of getting into the US side rather than Brazil, but nothing is finalised yet.

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