Players with U.S. citizenship who have opted to compete for other national teams:
Arturo Alvarez (El Salvador): Alvarez, a midfielder/forward, was born in Houston and played for several U.S. age-group national teams but now plays for El Salvador.
Steven Beitashour (Iran): Beitashour, a right back from San Jose, was twice invited to training camps with the U.S. national team but opted last fall to play for his parents' native Iran.
Isaac Brizuela (Mexico): Born in San Jose to Mexican parents, Brizuela, a midfielder, was sent to Mexico when he was 2 years old.
Dustin Corea (El Salvador): Born in Los Angeles and raised in Oregon, Corea, a forward, played for the U.S. U-17 national team before making his national team debut for El Salvador in March 2013 on his 21st birthday.
A.J. De La Garza (Guam): Although the Galaxy defender from Maryland made two appearances for the national team, neither game cap-tied him to the U.S., allowing him to jump to Guam last summer.
Gerson Mayen (El Salvador): Born in Los Angeles, the former Manual Arts High and
Miguel Angel Ponce (Mexico): A left back from Sacramento, Ponce has spent his professional career in Mexico.
Steve Purdy (El Salvador): A defender from Bakersfield, Purdy played at Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, at California, and with three age-group U.S. national teams before declaring for mother's native country.
Giuseppe Rossi (Italy): The one that got away. Born to Italian immigrants in New Jersey, Rossi moved to Parma, Italy, as a 12-year-old to play soccer. He declined an invitation to a U.S. training camp ahead of the 2006 World Cup to stay with the Italian team, which he has captained. A forward, he scored seven times in 29 appearances.
Soony Saad (Lebanon): The
Cirilo Saucedo (Mexico): Saucedo, a goalkeeper, was born in Mexico but his mother has U.S. citizenship. The 32-year-old plays for Tijuana in Liga MX and has made one appearance for the Mexican national team.