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FIFA approves Andres Perea switch from Colombia to USMNT

Andres Perea

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 21: Andres Perea #21 of Orlando City SC reacts after scoring a penalty kick during penalty kicks against the New York City FC of Round One of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Exploria Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO -- Orlando midfielder Andres Perea has been given approval by FIFA to switch his affiliation to the United States from Colombia.

The 20-year-old trained with the U.S. national team in December and is with the U.S. under-23 team this week in Bradenton, Florida.

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Perea, who turned 20 on Nov. 14, started for Colombia at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, including a 3-1 group-stage win over the U.S. and a quarterfinal loss to Germany.

He started all five matches for Colombia at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup.

The U.S. Soccer Federation made the announcement Tuesday and said it was informed of FIFA’s approval on Friday.