Israeli-American Kenny Saief
, who plays for Belgium's Gent, has been approved by FIFA for a change of association, making him eligible to only play for the USA at the senior international
Saief was born to a Druze family in Panama City, Florida, and moved at the age of three to Israel, where he played for it in competition for its U-19 and U-21 national teams, which
required his application for a one-time switch.
Saief is on the preliminary
for the 2017 Gold Cup. The 23-player roster will be announced on Sunday.
One catch regarding Saief is that Gent will enter the Europa League in the third qualifying
round, which begins the day after the Gold Cup final. One possible scenario: he plays in the group stage and then is released back to Gent. (Teams are allowed up to six changes after the group
Also needing a change of association is FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez
, who represented Mexico in Olympic qualifying.