Christian McFarlane: could England gain a US-raised star?

Christian McFarlane: could England gain a US-raised star?

08-May-2024 09:00:39 | The Guardian

The English-born left back is the latest MLS academy graduate to draw interest from Europe’s elite clubs

Down the years, it has been common for US Soccer to track young English talent who also hold American passports. From Fulham’s Antonee Robinson to Milan’s Yunus Musah, the US has benefited from players gaining an education across the Atlantic. But New York City’s Christian McFarlane looks set to do the reverse, a sign of the growing influence of MLS academies.

The left-back was born in England but moved to New York at three years old. Over the past 18 months, McFarlane has represented the USMNT and England at youth level, keeping his options open before committing to any one country. The 17-year-old also has the option of playing for Jamaica, but why complicate matters more?

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