Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem made his debut for the U.S. national team program on Tuesday, entering in the 59th minute of the Under-20 team's 2-1 win in a friendly at Australia.
The 18-year-old was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents and lived in Maryland for six years before going to Arsenal's youth academy when he was 16. He has made two appearances for the Gunners, one each in the FA Cup and Champions League.
FIFA cleared Zelalem to play for the U.S. last week.
Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore will miss the next four to five weeks with a strained right hamstring, his club announced on Tuesday, ruling him out of upcoming friendlies for the United States.
Altidore was injured in the first half of Toronto's 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday.
The United States international was injured in the 18th minute after squaring a pass across the face of goal. He limped to the dressing room, after being treated on the pitch.
Altidore, 25, injured...