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FIFA clears Julian Araujo to switch from USMNT to Mexico

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Joe Prince-Wright and Nicholas Mendola break down the USMNT roster for the World Cup qualifiers and explain why this upcoming stretch is almost do-or-die for the Americans.

After playing one game for the USMNT, defender Julian Araujo has been cleared to change his national eligibility to Mexico, FIFA said Monday.

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The 20-year-old LA Galaxy defender made his debut for the U.S. last December, starting at right back in a 6-0 win over El Salvador.

Julian Araujo, who is from Lompoc, California, previously represented the U.S. at age-group levels through the Under-23 team.

Araujo switches ahead of key World Cup qualifier

In March, he played for the U.S. U-23 team against Mexico in a Tokyo Olympics qualification game. Mexico won 1-0 and eventually advanced to Tokyo, getting a bronze medal.

As a dual national with Mexican family ties, Araujo was eligible within FIFA’s rules to switch national teams and was yet to play a competitive game for the U.S. senior team.

Mexico faces the U.S. in their 2022 World Cup quaIification group on Nov. 12 in Cincinnati.

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