New York City FC's Jack Harrison would be "open" to playing for USMNT

After sitting out the first two-plus months of the season due to an injury, New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison has gotten his rookie season off to a solid start, recording two goals, notching two nifty assists and looking generally dangerous in five appearances since debuting on May 21.

Now the English-born midfielder, who moved to the US when he was 14, is talking about a potential future with the US national team.

The 19-year-old Harrison, who was the first overall pick in January’s SuperDraft, recently told Empire of Soccer’s podcast, EoS Radio, that he’d be open to playing for the USMNT if he receives citizenship.

“I would think it about it, yeah,” he said. “You never know what is going to happen. I’m just always open to new opportunities. It would be great to represent this country. But again, we would have to see later down the line.”

Harrison, who has never represented England on a youth level, wouldn’t be eligible to represent the US until he receives American citizenship, a process that would take years. Harrison would first have to receive a green card, then reside in the US for five years continuously before being eligible to apply for full citizenship. 

Listen to Harrison's full interview on empireofsoccer.com Radio.