UPDATE: Tito has officially confirmed that he’s filing a one-time switch with FIFA to represent the Paraguay national team. He talked about his decision with MLSSoccer.com here.
Tito Villalba and Miguel Almiron might just become national teammates as well.
Wilson Gonzalez of ABC Cardinal, a Paraguayan news source, is reporting that the Argentina-born winger is in the process of switching national teams in order to play for Paraguay. Villalba’s father is Paraguayan and the 23-year-old has never been capped for the Argentina national team, making him eligible for the change.
Además de "Kaku" Romero Gamarra, también Héctor "Tito" Villalba del #AtlantaUnited estaría tramitando su nacionalización.— Wilson González (@Wilson11G) May 22, 2018
Hay un 3er jugador en la MLS en la misma situación.@ABCCardinal
The report also mentions that Alejandro “Kaku” Gamarra, a Designated Player for the New York Red Bulls who joined the MLS side before the season began, is also likely to go from Argentina to Paraguay. An attacking trio of Almiron, Kaku, and Villalba is quite the get for a national team that struggled during the last cycle of World Cup qualifying. They could be the starting attack for quite a while if everything works out.
Paraguay’s next scheduled match is a June 12 friendly against World Cup-bound Japan. Let’s see if there’s a certain somebody listed on their roster.