English-born MLS starlet eyes future with USMNT instead of Three Lions

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The US Men’s National Team could be adding a prized prospect from England in the near future as NYC FC starlet Jack Harrison appears interested in earning caps for the USMNT.

In an interview with Empire of Soccer, the Stoke-on-Trent-born Harrison was asked if he would like to play for England some day. Harrison replied that he would like to be capped by the United States rather than England but would accept whatever opportunities come his way.

“I would think about it yeah. You never know what is going to happen. I’m just always open to new opportunities,” Harrison said. “It would be great to represent this country. But again, we would have to see later on down the line.”

Per MLSSoccer.com, Harrison would still need to get a green card and then live in the U.S. continuously for five years to even apply for full American citizenship.

Harrison spent seven years in the Manchester United academy system before moving to the United States. He played a year of college ball with Wake Forest, scoring eight goals in 22 appearances and earning Gatorade Player of the Year honours. He was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire but was later traded to NYC FC.

In his first start for NYC FC, Harrison scored a goal and earned Man of the Match honours in a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake. The following week he recorded an assist to David Villa in a win over Philadelphia Union.

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