David Ruiz made his debut at the age of 19 with the Honduras National Team under the guidance of Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, and many believe that Fenafuth has secured the young player from InterMiami forever, but that’s not the case.
The player who was born in Miami but has Honduran parents, decided to represent our country. He even played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the national team, but that doesn’t mean he can’t represent the United States.
The Americans continue to keep an eye on Ruiz and had their eyes on yesterday’s match at the Nacional Chelato Uclés to see his debut with the ‘H’ in the Nations League game against Granada, knowing that this game represents nothing more than a warning to them.
The reality is that Ruiz can ultimately choose the United States, as they continue to sweeten the ear of the teammate of Leo Messi at InterMiami.
– Why can David Ruiz still play for the United States?
In 2020, FIFA approved a modification to its regulations on player eligibility rules to compete for a second national team, allowing a change for those who have played a maximum of three times for the first team before turning 21, including qualifying matches.
The last participation with the first team should have been three years ago, and it does not allow a change for those who have represented their country in competitions such as the World Cup.
The rule was changed due to pressure exerted by Morocco with former FC Barcelona player Munir El Haddadi, who debuted very young with Spain but, after not being called up again, requested a Federation change and after arguing his case, the article was modified.
Therefore, now that rule states that a player can play for a second national team as long as they do not exceed three appearances for the first team before turning 21, including qualifying matches.
And the other clause states that the last participation with the first team should have been three years ago, and it does not allow a change for those who have represented their country in competitions such as the World Cup.
In other words, David Ruiz could be tied down by the Honduras National Team if he plays three matches. The 19-year-old midfielder would need to participate in the next two games against Cuba in the Nations League for Fenafuth to be certain that the United States is no longer an option and all doubts are cleared.
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