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Folarin Balogun's winding, fateful path to Monaco and USMNT

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LA TURBIE, France -- Florence Balogun had been telling her son Folarin to choose the United States for years.

England, where he grew up, had called to ask whether he would play for its squad. Nigeria, where his parents were born, was interested, too, but the opportunity to play for the country of Folarin Balogun's birth -- he was born in Brooklyn -- had always seemed to be a little more than circumstance.

To Florence, it had been fate.

She would, however, like to correct the record.