Alvarez Out for ES, Maund In for USA
FIFA ruled today that San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez is not eligible to play for El Salvador's national team. The U.S.-born Alvarez, 23, is of Salvadoran descent. He has represented the USA at several levels and tried to switch soccer allegiances after his 21st birthday -- FIFA's deadline for such a move.
The governing body also approved defender Aaron Maund's jump from Trinidad and Tobago to the USA under-20 team. Maund, 18, has dual citizenship, and after representing T&T in the U-17 World Cup, needed FIFA permission to switch allegiances. He is on the USA squad for U-20 World Cup qualifying.
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