It was an initiative that started with (world’s best coach) Thomas Rongen and to a lesser extent, Bob Bradley, but it does seem that since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the US Men’s National Team gig this summer, players with American eligibility have been crawling out of the woodwork to proclaim their dream of suiting up for the Yanks. And now we’ve got yet another.
Cardiff City striker Rudy Gestede was born in France, and made a number of appearances as a French youth international, but is now 23 and doesn’t look likely to get a call-up to Les Bleus. Luckily for him (and us?), his grandfather hails from Atlanta, Georgia.
France is my home country but I have been to visit my grandfather in America four times on holiday and love it there.
I was proud to play for France at under-19 level and it would be fantastic to play for my country at senior level.
But I also feel strong links with America and would like to explore what is possible for me.
Can’t you just feel the Patriotism coursing through his veins?
He’s listed at 6’4, so he’s tall, and if the video is anything to judge him by, he’s quick. And as he also plays for Cardiff, I’m just going to get it out of the way now and call him “French Eddie Johnson.” Does anybody know the translation for “Grown-Ass Man?”
Unfortunately, we have no idea if Gestede will ever actually qualify to play for the US. Having an American grandpa is nice and all, but knowing the naturalization process and its vagaries, it might not be a simple as Rudy hopes.
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