Bruce Arena Jan 27, 2023; Carson, CA, USA; A USA Soccer logo at a press conference at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The United State men’s national team survived the “Group of Death,” but when it came to the knockout round at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, they were out of their depth again.

The USMNT was out of its depth because it lacked a world-class goal scorer at Striker and the team’s offensive approach under manager Gregg Berhalter is largely why they fell short in the Round of 16. What the USMNT didn’t lack though, was talent and potential. And the performance of the team’s midfielders in Qatar proved just that. Unfortunately, they did lack a consistent goal scorer, and while players like Josh Sargent, Jesus Ferreira and Haji Wright are accomplished goal scorers for their respective clubs, they are just not that at the international level.

Well, the USMNT received absolutely massive news on Tuesday that could change the team’s fortunes up front.

FIFA announced on Tuesday that it approved a request by the U.S. Soccer Federation to change Folarin Balogun’s affiliation from England to the United States. The England under-21 forward is now immediately eligible to represent the country of his birth and he wasted no time in announcing his decision on Twitter.

Balogun has opted to represent the United States at the international level. He was born to Nigerian parents in Brooklyn, New York, but spent his formative years being raised in England. Balogun played accepted call-ups from both the United States and England in the past but appeared as if he would likely be representing the country he was raised in at the international level. And while he was eligible to represent all three nations at the international level, he’s been granted a one-time switch to represent the USMNT.

This is an absolutely massive move for the USMNT and the sports world reacted to the news on social media:

[Folarin Balogun on Twitter]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.