Orlando City defender Seb Hines hoping for US national team future

The Middlesbrough loanee is bidding to impress head coach Jurgen Klinsmann now he is in MLS.

Orlando City SC defender Seb Hines has told the MLS club’s official website of his hopes to play for the US national team in the future.

Hines, 26, joined Orlando on a six-month loan deal from Middlesbrough ahead of their inaugural MLS season and has since started all seven matches alongside Brazilian superstar and club captain Kaka.

The Florida-based outfit have the option to make his spell permanent in the summer and the centre-back is hoping that his time in the States will help get him on US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar.

Though born in West Yorkshire, the Boro loanee holds an American passport through his father and spent a brief period of his childhood living in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He represented England from Under-16 to Under-19 level but is still eligible to take advantage of FIFA’s one-time switch rule and can see himself doing so if Klinsmann happens to call.

“I’d be more than pleased to play for the U.S,” he said. “But for now I’m focused on playing well and doing well for Orlando. For me it’s just playing well for Orlando and taking every game as it comes.

“I’m here with a view of a permanent deal so hopefully I get that at the end of my contract [this summer].”

Orlando themselves, meanwhile, have endured a mix start to their first MLS season, taking eight points from their opening seven games, thanks to two wins and three draws.

A 3-0 defeat at the Columbus Crew last weekend highlighted serious room for improvement, however, but Hines is confident that head coach Adrian Heath - a former Stoke and Everton forward – will soon get the team competing with the league’s best.

“You see the style of our play is very good. We really play positive football,” he added. “Most of the players were new [to the club] and they’ve been in the same boat as me. But I’ve been really impressed and I’m enjoying it.”

Orlando will now be looking to bounce back from the Columbus loss when Toronto FC visit the Citrus Bowl on Sunday night, in a clash which will pit Hines against attacking duo Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco.

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