Cirilo Saucedo: I'll play for USA if Mexico doesn't call me up

Eric Gomez
Cirilo Saucedo wants to play for USA, but is he even eligible?

¡Ahora, lee USA en Español!

Cirilo Saucedo was singled out by his peers as one of the Mexican league's best three goalkeepers for last season.

The 30-year-old Xoloitzcuintles goalie believes the high praise should translate into a national team selection. With Olympic gold medalist Jose de Jesus Corona and Ajaccio GK Guillermo Ochoa fighting it out for the top spot at El Tri, Saucedo is setting his sights north of the border.

"There's a possibility to be called up by Mexico or the United States," the former Tigres player told Record shortly after named to the short list for the Clausura 2012 award for best goalkeeper.

"My mother is American. I'm not closing any doors here, I want to play in the playoffs [again] with Xolos first. Then, who knows," he said.

Saucedo believes that he has earned a call up for Chepo de la Torre's national team by now, as last season he was part of a defensive unit that only allowed 11 goals, tops in the league.

"Sometimes, I feel like you have to be in the middle of a scandal to be considered," said Saucedo, referring to Corona's brushes with violence both on and off the pitch in recent years.

However, Saucedo's interest in playing for the United States may be short-lived, as a source close to the team told that the process to get the goalkeeper sworn in as a U.S. citizen may take years, and that at this moment, he is not eligible to be considered by Jurgen Klinsmann.

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