Wales Online reports the 6’4″ striker has an “American dream” to play for the stars and stripes. With the wave of duel citizens that has overtaken the ranks of US Soccer of late, the possibility is there more than ever.
Gestede is a product of the Metz system in his native France, where he developed his skill en route to featuring 17 times for the French U-19 side. His grandfather, an American from Atlanta, Georgia, is his ticket to pursuing his ambitious American target.
He currently plies his trade with the Bluebirds, where both coach Malky Mackay as well as assistant coach David Kerslake – who played alongside Jurgen Klinsmann during his Tottenham days – are encouraging and assisting Gestede to get on the U.S. radar.
“We’ll make sure the USA know about Rudy,” Mackay told Wales Online.
“France is my home country but I have been to visit my grandfather in America four times on holiday and love it there,” Gestede told the publication. “I was proud to play for France at under-19 level and it would be fantastic to play for my country at senior level. But I also feel strong links with America and would like to explore what is possible for me.”
Gestede recorded a goal in his ten appearances with the English Championship side before succumbing to a hamstring injury in October. His lone start during the campaign resulted in a goal for his side. He has also started in all three Carling Cup matches for the Bluebirds, finding the back of the net against Leicester.