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The law is different for children born abroad when both parents are US citizens, as in your case. Jermaine Jones' father is a US Citizen, who more than met the residency requirements that entitled Jermaine to be a US Citizen himself. While FIFA rules are different, speaking from a pure citizenship standpoint, Danny Potts is not entitled to US Citizenship UNLESS his father physically resided in the US for 5 years, two of which after the age of 14.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2012 on Report: Potts not eligible for USA at Soccer By Ives
Marco, If you are born in the United States, this is true, but since he was born in England, it does not apply. It's complicated for children born abroad to a US citizen, such as the case here. Essentially, since his mother is not a US citizen, it is determined based on his father's residency in the United States. For Danny to be a US Citizen: Steve Potts would have had to be physically present in the United States for 5 years, with two full years after the age of 14. Since Steve started playing with West Ham as a 16 year old in their youth program, I'm guessing this is why Danny's citizenship, and thus eligibility, would be questioned.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2012 on Report: Potts not eligible for USA at Soccer By Ives