Red Bulls midfielder Felipe wants to help country besides his club. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Felipe wants to play for the U.S. national team someday soon.
The Red Bulls’ Brazilian-born midfielder could obtain his U.S. citizenship within two years, according to MSG Insider Kristian Dyer.
The 27-year-old Felipe, who obtained his green card recently, has been one of the midfield anchors since joining the side in 2015.
“It’s really interesting,” Dyer said on Red Bulls’ Gamenight on MSG Networks Sunday. “We all know that Felipe got his green card recently. That certainly helps with the MLS roster rules, kind of the rigmarole they have to go through in piecing together a team.
“I have been told that Felipe is in the process of obtaining his citizenship. Probably 2, 2 1/2 years away. The objective is, I’m told by sources close to Felipe, that he wants to play for the U.S. national team. He sees himself potentially being in the mix for World Cup qualifying for 2022. Really interesting name when you think about. He’s feisty, he’s tenacious, a lot of heart. Exactly what the us was lacking in this last World Cup qualifiers.”
The U.S. missed out on trying to reach Russia 2018, failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
“He could be a really interesting mix and could become a big name in MLS if he starts playing for the national team,” Dyer said. “Still a couple of years away. That’s one to watch.”
Dyer also talked about Red Bulls II prospects who might play for the Major League Soccer side in the future, the future of NYRBII in the United Soccer League, the interest generated by New York City FC forward Jack Harrison by English teams, possible acquisitions by MLS teams and coaches’ openings around the league.
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