On May 18th, The Hungarian national team announced that Sporting Kansas City winger Daniel Salloi made the list for a pair of friendlies. Unfortunately for the young Homegrown International, he will not be making his debut for the senior team.
Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes has traditionally been very supportive of players representing their country. Salloi is not going this time though Vermes told The Blue Testament, “He won’t go and the only reason he won’t go is because he is in the final process of his green card. Traveling is not a welcome thing during that final phase so we are just not jeopardizing that and they know that. We’ve had a discussion with the Hungarian federation so everybody understands where it sits.”
Hungary is supposed to face Belarus and Australia on June 6th and 9th respectively but this is not a FIFA window for international games so team do not have to release players. Salloi has represented Hungary at the youth level, most recently playing for the U21’s in Euro Qualifying last March. If Salloi had left for Hungary, he would have missed at least two matches for Sporting KC but will not be available.
Vermes was happy for Salloi to get the call and understands his disappointment. “It’s great for him but he is young, I explained to him that I know it is disappointing but when he gets past this (the green card process) he doesn’t have to worry about it in the future. He gets it, he will be over it and they will invite him in again because he is playing well.”
It looks like former Sporting KC winger Krisztián Németh will not be traveling to Hungary for the friendlies either. Németh returned to MLS last year and the New England Revolution signed him.