Cremaschi should keep his international options open
Inter Miami homegrown midfielder Benjamin Cremaschi got his first U.S. Men’s National Team call-up and cap in FIFA’s September international window and even contributed to an Omani own-goal in a 3-0 U.S. win. Of course he enjoyed the experience (see the Miami Total Futbol video below), but I hope he waits as long as possible to make an international commitment.
The 18-year-old from Key Biscayne is the son of Argentinian parents and, therefore, eligible for the Argentinian national teams. Cremaschi has been called up to each team’s youth programs; the September call-up was his first for either country’s senior team but, because the Oman match was a friendly, with nothing but pride on the line, Cremaschi is not match-tied.
And he shouldn’t be, just yet. I love my country, but I also love my soccer team; for that reason, I want Cremaschi to receive the best possible training and experience. Does the USMNT, and CONCACAF, offer that? Or Argentina and CONMEBOL? Ideally, Cremaschi will get called up for a few more friendlies for each nation before he has to decide.
If it becomes apparent he can contribute with La Albiceleste, the choice is simple: Argentina is a three-time World Cup winner, has a global following and features some of the world’s greatest players; the U.S. is a soap opera with a toxic fan base, whose teams play in a mediocre federation, and whose best players are good, not great on the world stage.
Oh, and the greatest player of this generation — who by sheer good fortune is your teammate at Inter Miami — plays for Argentina and wants you in that pipeline. C’mon.
Whichever he chooses, it’ll be fun to watch his progress.