Midfielder Yusuf Musah became tied to the United States by making his fourth international appearance in Sunday’s exhibition against Northern Ireland.
Under a new FIFA rule, players under 21 may switch national association only if they play three or fewer matches under the age of 21, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. Musah, an 18-year-old with Valencia, debuted for the U.S. on Nov. 12 at Wales, then played four days later against Panama and last Thursday against Jamaica.
Musah played for England’s youth national teams and also was eligible to play for Italy and Ghana.
FIFA’s previous rule would not have tied Musah to the U.S. until he played in a competitive match, such as a World Cup qualifier, the CONCACAF Gold Cup or the CONCACAF Nations League.