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USA forward Fabrice Picault (red jersey) speaks with the media on May 18, 2016, in Miami Shores, Florida. 

MIAMI SHORES, Florida -- Fabrice Picault is a man of the world who would love to establish some roots with the United States national team.

He was born in New York City, is of Haitian descent and played youth football with Cagliari (Italy), before spending time with Sparta Prague (Czech Republic). His current club is St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga (Germany).

The 25-year-old hopes to get an opportunity to impress U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday, when the Americans face host Puerto Rico in an international friendly in Bayamon.

"Obviously, I want this (country) to be my last one," said Picault prior to a training a session at Barry University on Wednesday. “My objective is to push far, keep going up. It's literally from the bottom, so I think if somebody knows how to fight and push themselves up, it would be me. I look forward to doing that."

After connecting for both goals in St. Pauli's 2-0 win over VfL Bochum on April 16, Klinsmann even praised the forward-winger on Twitter.

"Nice to see Fafa Picault score twice for FC St. Pauli! Congrats!" he messaged.

It certainly did wonders for Picault's self-belief.

"That was great," he said. "I felt he was paying attention. I knew he had an eye on me and so I just wanted to keep performing. I felt definitely motivated to keep pushing harder and [it] gave me some good confidence needed for the end of the season."

Having played in several countries, Picault has adapted to various styles. He also has performed for U.S. clubs Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.

"It was a bit different, but I spent already four years in Italy," finished Picault, who was called up by Haiti in 2014, but never played for the Caribbean power. "Czech culture is different than German culture. German is different from Italian. You just have to keep adapting, just learning how people do things differently even within a country. Clubs do things differently than other clubs, so you just have to adapt and get used to it."

Exactly what he hopes to do with the USA.

 
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