What They're Saying: Ricardo Pepi

“I want to start by saying that I am a Mexican-American and that I am super proud of my heritage. It’s something that will never be taken away from me, no matter what national team I play for. I made this decision because I felt the USA trusts me and I think that’s due to  [U.S. national team coach] Gregg Berhalter and how he emphasized this to me. I had good talks with Gregg and I feel I can make an impact with the USA and help this national team really do something special now and in the future.”

-- FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi, 18, on accepting a call-up from the USA over Mexico for the September World Cup qualifiers. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border and played for both the U.S. and Mexico youth national teams before representing the USA at the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil. (FCDallas.com)
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