I got the chance to catch up with Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani today after training at the VMAC. I wanted to talk about his time with the DR Congo national team (he played a friendly against Mali back in November).
To my surprise, Zakuani said things are still open when it comes to his international future.
“I think something that people don’t know maybe is it wasn’t an official FIFA game,” he said. “As much as it was a lot of fun … it didn’t really tie me down to Congo.”
Zakuani specifically said getting his green card changed things in his opinion, so the U.S. men’s national team is still very much in the picture. England is as well, but that’s obviously a much more difficult road.
“These days as much as it is a pride decision, it’s also a footballing decision,” he said. “I have to give myself the best chance of advancing my career.”
Zakuani gave no timeline on his decision and said he’s basically “back to square one.” That’s where we left things at the end of the 2010 season. He got the DR Congo call-up about a week after the Sounders FC ended, but says he might not have gone if it would have locked him in with his birth country.
What do you think about this new development?