HÜRZELER TO PLAY FOR US U-20S
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, November 22, 2010
US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen revealed to YA a major announcement today that Bayern Munich and German youth international Fabian Hürzeler will change his affiliation and represent the US.

"We got a commitment actually today for Fabian Hürzeler, the captain of the German [U17] team and he plays for Bayern Munich," Rongen told YA in Atlanta. "He's going to be part of our January camp. That's pretty nice news."

"Like Alex Zahavi, Hürzeler is fluent in English," he continued. "These guys, they're excited about the opportunity. They're honored. But these aren't easy decisions. This guy played for the German youth teams from U15 to U19. We'll keep pushing the envelope. We'll keep finding players that hopefully can help us."

Hürzeler, 17, was born in Houston but was raised in Germany where he has developed into an elite prospect. Over the summer he was also promoted to the reserve team of Bayern Munich despite being eligible to play for the U19 team for two more years. He is the youngest player on the reserve team.

The central midfielder will now be leaving the German setup for that of the US. He will be eligible for the 2011 and 2013 U20 World Cups with the Stars and Stripes.

Since he has played for Germany in official youth national team competitions, Hürzeler will need to file his one-time switch of federations with FIFA if he wants to play for the US in U20 qualifying or the U20 World Cup. He will not need to file the switch for the January U20 camp or to play in any friendlies.

As for whether or not there would be other players in addition to Hürzeler and Zahavi that would switch national teams to play for the US, Rongen did offer a hint.

"There are three or four other guys that I've approached that play at a high level that have represented other countries in qualifying games," he concluded.
romel
Tuesday January 18, 2011 6:20 pm
hoyos just played this passed weekend with argentina u-20 team and scored, so i dont know what the deal is with him
Eric
Saturday January 8, 2011 2:02 am
So do we have to cap this kid to tie him down for real?
Eric
Saturday January 8, 2011 1:57 am
Thanks YA for staying on top of things like this! You always get the low down on players before they're even notable enough for a wiki page!
Mike
Monday November 29, 2010 2:13 pm
It's not stealing...it's the players decision. We lost Subotic and Rossi because they did not want to play for us..that's how it works
Thomas
Wednesday November 24, 2010 5:44 pm
Good for the US though some facts need to be pointed out.

Both his parents are German. He was born in Houston, but that is it. He has otherwise no ties to the US. He has not captained the U17 in any competitive games. He was not selected to represent Germany at U19 or above. Basically with the stiff competition at AM the kid lost confidence and decided why not.
Aaron
Wednesday November 24, 2010 2:42 pm
Scored 5 goals for Germany's U-17 team as a midfielder, starts on the BM U-19 and is on the reserve team, though doesn't seem to play much for that team yet. Good job US picking him up.
Carlos
Wednesday November 24, 2010 12:49 am
This is awesome news. I hope he wasn't just the captain of the U17 for one game and that was it. The future is looking really bright
Goalscorer24
Tuesday November 23, 2010 8:34 pm
It seems that he was playing and not sitting for Germany, so why has he decided to play for the US?
Michaelb.
Tuesday November 23, 2010 8:05 pm
Holy Wienerschnitzel!!! Well, guys and gals, don't get your lederhosen in a bunch. The kid is only 17. Let's wait a few years before going gaga over this young man. Interesting though...
Francois
Tuesday November 23, 2010 7:51 pm
Abc- they're not really foreign if they were born in the U.S. Even if they did grow up some place else. Besides, other countries do it all the time.
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