Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has been pictured with Poland boss Czeslaw Michniewicz, resulting in hypothesis over the 17-year-old USMNT hopeful’s worldwide future.
Slonina, extensively thought to be probably the greatest younger keepers within the recreation, has been referred to as as much as the USMNT before however stays uncapped.
As a consequence, Slonina could nonetheless switch nationwide group allegiances before the 2022 World Cup later this yr because of his Polish ancestry.
What’s inflicting concern?
Manchester City’s Zack Steffen is at present first selection below Gregg Berhalter, however his howler against Liverpool at the weekend has led to elevated requires Slonina to be included within the USMNT’s World Cup squad – and doubtlessly even begin, such is his expertise.
Those calls have solely intensified following Slonina’s assembly with Michniewicz, with followers involved that the teenager could have already determined to signify Poland.
How good is Slonina?
Despite being so early on in his improvement, Slonina has already been in comparison with goalkeeping greats equivalent to Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer, and was named to the NXGN 2022 checklist as probably the most promising younger gamers on the earth.
“I use it as motivation,” Slonina told GOAL when requested about how he handles seeing his title subsequent to 2 males he grew up idolising. “I’m already getting in comparison with them so why cannot I be at that stage?
“They’ve accomplished so many big things that I hope to accomplish in my career.”
The bold teenager has stored 5 clear sheets in seven Major League Soccer video games to date this season and set the document for many MLS clear sheets before turning 21 (9) final weekend.
And because the document holder for youngest participant ever to maintain a clear sheet in America’s prime tier, it’s maybe not tough to see why European heavyweights equivalent to Manchester United, Juventus and Atletico Madrid have all been credited with an curiosity in signing him.