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Julian Araujo explains his decision to represent Mexico over the USMNT

After years of playing for the US men’s national team youth divisions, Julian Araujo made the difficult decision to file for FIFA’s one-time switch to represent Mexico. 

The LA Galaxy midfielder featured for the Under 20 and Under 23 USMNT sides before officially debuting with the senior squad in 2020. But Araujo was never cap-tied. 

And in 2021, he petitioned for a switch and was declared approved by FIFA.

“My heart is with Mexico. I’m grateful for every opportunity that U.S. Soccer has provided me to help me grow as a soccer player and now I am excited to continue my international career with Mexico,” Araujo said in a statement after announcing the switch.

The player recently dove into the process behind the emotional decision during 90min’s Football Americana, adding that it wasn’t as easy as it may have appeared at the time. 


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