Cruzeiro's under-20 midfielder Luis Felipe expresses delight over recent United States U-20 call up
Brazilian-American Luis Felipe has admitted he would be "so happy" to represent the United States in the 2015 under-20 World Cup.
Felipe, of Cruzeiro's U-20 team, was born to Brazilian parents in New York but has lived in Brazil since he was a toddler.
The 17-year-old was called up to a US U-20 camp in January and has been talking to American Soccer Now about his time with the United States team.
He also admitted he never even dreamed of having the opportunity to represent his country. Felipe said: "I never thought about the national team of Brazil or the national tean of the United States.
"I grew up in Brazil and I never thought I'd be playing for the national team of the United States. It was just a dream and now it's coming true.
"I've thought about the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand all the time. I would be so happy to go.
The young midfielder may be involved in the Dallas Cup in April if the US U-20 World Cup head coach Tab Ramos has his way.
Felipe revealed his delight at being called up, adding: "I was so happy.
"I didn't expect to be called. It was very good too. They have very good players.
"It was the first time I met the players. I didn't know anybody but my roommate, Matt Miazga from the Red Bulls. He was a great guy. I made a lot of friends.
"It surprised me. I think I played well. Tab talked to me about the next call-up and I want to go."