Ending months of speculation, D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar announced Tuesday that he will play internationally for Honduras, his native country.

“It was a decision that my heart told me,” he said at RFK Stadium. “It came strictly from my heart.”

Najar, 18, has lived in the United States for four years, raising hopes that he would someday play for the American program. However, he is still several years from citizenship, which is required to represent a country in the international arena.

Najar, the 2010 MLS rookie of the year, could’ve waited for U.S. eligibility, but by choosing Honduras now, he can play for the Catrachos this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship. Depending on Honduras’ qualification success, he could also play in the Under-20 World Cup this summer in Colombia and the Olympics next year in London.

Najar was also eligible to play for El Salvador, his grandmother’s homeland.