Gaga Slonina picks USMNT over Poland for international future

There was some concern among the U.S. soccer fanbase this week when Poland included Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina on a list of national team call-ups for next month’s four UEFA Nations League games. 

Slonina, known as ‘Gaga’ to fans, friends and family, isn’t ready for the rigors of a World Cup. He just turned 18 last Sunday. But he is the best American goalkeeping prospect in a generation, at least, and as the son of Polish immigrants to Chicago, he had a heavily-scrutinized international decision to make.

On Friday, he made it. Although he’s “proud of my roots and heritage,” Slonina wrote in a post on Twitter, his “heart is American.” Gaga will play for the U.S.

“I’ve known for a while now the unique privilege I have of being a dual-national,” he wrote. “Although I’ve never thought much about it because I just love everything about my roots and heritage, that’s just me! But, I know that in sports you have to make a decision for who you want to compete for on the international stage.”

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