The midfielder of Orlando City, Andrés Perea, received the approval of the FIFA to change Colombia by U.Sthe United States Soccer Federation said Tuesday.
Perea was born in Florida and moved to Colombia at a young age. He rose through the youth ranks at Atlético Nacional and represented Colombia at the U-17 World Cup in 2017 and the U-20 World Cup two years later before joining Orlando City on loan last season.
The 20-year-old was invited to a US national team rally last month, although he was not eligible. He received news of his change from the new coach, Gregg Berhalter. “It was a very important decision for me,” Perea said. “Colombia is my country too, but it is an honor for me to represent the United States as I did with Colombia in the past.”
Perea is currently training with the United States U-23 men’s team, which will attempt to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships, scheduled for March in Mexico.
Team manager Jason Kreis is delighted to have Perea available. “Andrés strikes us as a really interesting midfielder,” he said during a conference call. “The amount of ground he’s able to cover defensively … I think it’s a bit different level than some of the other guys we have in our group.