Gabriel Slonina is the sensation of this MLS season. The young goalkeeper of Chicago Fire still thinks about playing for the Polish national team.
The 17-year-old goalkeeper has played eleven MLS games this season. He made a sensation, and due to his roots, he is also widely known in Poland.
Slonina himself explains that his parents come from our country, but he and his brother were already born in the USA. At home, however, the family speaks Polish.
– I feel Polish and American. I think it is exactly 50 out of 50 in this respect – said Slonina in an interview with the portal “Sport.pl”.
The young goalkeeper has already played for the US youth national teams. He was also called up to the senior national team for a friendly match with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even if he plays in it, he will not close the way to possible performances for Poland.
– I have still not decided which team I will ultimately represent. It’s still 50:50. I have never had the opportunity to be at a training camp of any Polish national team, and I must say that I really look forward to it. I would like to play in a T-shirt with an eagle on the chest because I know it’s something special. I observe both teams, I love both Poland and the USA and I know that a very difficult decision awaits me. I have to choose what’s best for me and that’s why I’d really like to see what it all looks like in the Polish national team – admitted the young goalkeeper.
In the past, the case of Slonina was handled by Maciej Chorążyk, who in the Polish Football Association is responsible for finding footballers with Polish roots. According to him, the young goalkeeper did not want to play for Poland.
– I was only 15 at the time and I was not so much interested as I was scared. I know that I do not speak Polish well and it has crossed my mind that I will not be well received. I was scared, I was afraid of it, but a lot has changed since then. In hindsight, I would have changed that decision one hundred percent if I could – admitted Slonina.