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Green card stifles Gleeson, Basalaj gets All Whites call-up

Green Card issues have stalled goalkeeper Jake Gleeson’s All Whites career forcing him to withdraw from Wednesday’s ASB Summer International against Jamaica, with Scott Basalaj called up to replace him as Mark Paston’s back up.

Scott Basalaj makes a save in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. getty Images via FIFA

February 23, 2012

AUCKLAND – Green Card issues have stalled goalkeeper Jake Gleeson’s All Whites career forcing him to withdraw from Wednesday’s ASB Summer International against Jamaica, with Scott Basalaj called up to replace him as Mark Paston’s back up.

Gleeson, 21, is applying for a permanent residence in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers, but the process has taken longer than expected grounding the one cap international and his passport until the procedure is completed.

Basalaj, currently in Melbourne with the New Zealand Olympic squad ahead of a second clash against the Saudi Arabia national team impressed at last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico and earned a call up for the U-20 event in Colombia.  He was linked to a move to Glasgow Rangers before the club’s well-documented financial difficulties.

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert said it was a big opportunity for the 17-year-old Team Wellington gloveman.

 “Scott did very well for the under 17s and attracted the interest of overseas clubs in the process. He’s trained with the Phoenix on occasion and done very well, he’s got a bright future and I’m sure he’ll do well with Mark and goalkeeping coach Clint Gosling.”

“Jake will be disappointed to miss an opportunity to push his claims but it means another talented youngster gets to step into the environment and potentially get a taste of international football.”

ASB Summer International
New Zealand v Jamaica
Mt Smart Stadium
February 29, 2012
Kickoff: 7.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

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