has committed his national team future to the USA.
He made the announcement on Tuesday ahead of the USA's Concacaf Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador. The roster for those games will be announced on Wednesday.
"I am very proud of being Mexican-American, Zendejas said in a statement Tuesday. "Values from both cultures have made me the person I am today. Making a decision on your international career is very difficult, and I believe in following your heart. Mine tells me that my future lies representing the USA."
The Club America star played for the USA at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup and for the USA and Mexico in senior international matches. He was born in Ciudad Juarez and grew up across the border in El Paso. He started his pro career with FC Dallas before moving to Liga MX in 2016.
His selection for El Tri -- he played in friendlies against Ecuador and Guatemala -- was unusual in that he did so without ever filing paperwork with FIFA to make him eligible to play for Mexico. His participation with the U.S. U-17s tied him to the USA until he filed a switch of association and FIFA approved the application.
FIFA ordered Mexico to forfeit the national team's two senior friendlies and three under-23 games in which Zendejas played and issued a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,900) for fielding the ineligible player.
The FIFA sanctions did not affect Zendejas' eligibility to play for the USA or Mexico (with the proper paperwork).
Zendejas played in his first friendly for the USA in January in a 2-1 loss to Serbia.
Zendejas grew up in the U.S youth system early in the last decade with players such as Christian Pulisic
, Tyler Adams
, Haji Wright
and Luca de la Torre
, who went with him to the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile and represented the USA at the 2022 World Cup.
He was reunited on the senior national team with another former U-17 teammate and fellow Mexican-American Brandon Vazquez
, who scored against Serbia.