Should US men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter give dual-national Jordan Siebatcheu a call, the French-American striker would certainly be interested, according to a recent story from Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now.
Siebatcheu, 23, was born in Washington, D.C., but has since only played professionally in France, plus represented their U-21 national team twice. He’s never represented a US youth national team.
“It was nice to play for [France], but at this moment in time, if the US called me up again, I would be proud and it would likely be different,” Siebatcheu told American Soccer Now. “ ... Maybe it would be a good time now."
The change of mind is also tied to Siebatcheu’s club situation, he explained. He’s been with Rennes since 2018, and has one assist in 13 league appearances this season as they chase Champions League qualification in Ligue 1. Overall, Siebatcheu has seven goals and two assists across 42 appearances with Rennes.
Beforehand, Siebatcheu was with Reims and amassed 21 goals and 10 assists through 72 appearances, helping them win promotion to Ligue 1 in 2017-18. He also spent part of the 2016-17 season on loan at LB Chateauroux, where he had 11 goals in 16 games for the then-third division side.
The changing club environment halted a prior advance from U.S. Soccer in 2018, according to Siebatcheu.
"I was proud to be in consideration for the U.S. team and that they wanted me to come,” Siebatcheu said. “At the time I was a very young professional and I wanted to stay with my club to secure my place in the starting eleven. That was my priority at that time.”
Sarachan says there have been conversations with Jordan Siebatcheu.— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) June 9, 2018