OWTY has learned that Udinese’s newest signing Panos Armenakas is eligible to play for the USA.
Armenakas, who was born in 1998 in Newport Beach, California to an American Mother and Greek-Australian Father, recently inked a 3 year professional deal with Italian side Udinese. Prior to his move Armenakas was a star in the Watford Academy with reported interest also coming from Arsenal and Liverpool.
Armenakas grew up in Australia, yet dreamed of a life in European football from a young age. He trained with Ajax, AC Milan and Barcelona, before ultimately deciding on the English football academy system. Despite interest from Manchester United, Armenakas signed with Watford because of their dual Academic and Athletic based program.
Armenakas quick became a focal point in the Watford youth ranks, with many clubs and countries taking notice.
Prior to English football Armenakas played with Sydney Olympic Youth Team, a squad that feeds multiple players to the Socceroos National Team program.
Armenakas’ play at Watford opened the eyes of his father’s native Greek National Team coaching staff. Eventually Armenakas joined up with the Greece U17 squad, the believed leader for his services internationally.
This last week following his deal with Udinese, OWTY reached out to the talented left-footed midfielder.
OWTY :: Has you US Soccer ever contact you?
Panos Armenakas [PA] :: Yes, but they never followed up with anything.
OWTY :: Would you consider [the USA] if Jurgen Klinsmann called?
PA :: Of Course.
OWTY :: If the USA pursued you moving forward you would consider making the switch?
PA :: If they pursued me I would definitely consider it.