“The Best Decision I Have Made”- Ricardo Pepi Reflects on Choosing US Men’s Soccer Team Over Mexico

Published 11/09/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Oct 13, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; the United States forward Ricardo Pepi (16) controls the ball while Costa Rica midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda (17) defends during a FIFA World Cup Qualifier soccer match at Lower.com Field. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


The USMNT lost their veteran striker Chris Wondolowski after the forward retired. He had an incredible career scoring 171 goals in the MLS and becoming the league’s top-scorer. In the meantime, as he ended his career, a new player wants to come to the forefront and Ricardo Pepi is that man.

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FC Dallas’ breakout star for the season is becoming a household name in the MLS after his incredible performances. Likewise, he has chosen to play for the USA rather than Mexico, which has excited the fans in America.

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Ricardo Pepi selects USMNT

Despite the forward being born to Mexican parents from El Paso, Texas, he selected to play for the USA for the love of his country. Moreover, he spoke in excitement about the prospect of playing for the USA.

“I feel like it has to be a feeling and you have to make decision with your heart. I felt like it was the best decision I have made,” said Pepi.

 

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His first experience at the national stage came when he earned a call-up from both Mexico and USA for their under-16 team. He chose the USA.

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Pepi wants to make his mark

He later revealed why he chose the USA over Mexico in a recent interview.

“I feel like the U.S, was trusting me and my game to be able to go out on that field and do the best I can. I feel like I was in a very good moment, and I could help other teams. That decision was made just talking to my parents, talking to my agent. I felt like it was the best decision I made,” said Pepi.

The decision proved to be an instant hit as he scored his first goal for USMNT against Honduras back on September 8th. He later went on to score two more goals against Jamaica in their second world cup qualifier.

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Hence, a star was born.

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With the Qatar World Cup coming in November, Pepi would hope to start strongly to help his team to get to the World Cup. The US team has many talented players in their squad and Pepi will be important to their success.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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