"I grew up here, I was born here," Machado said. "I've played for Team USA before, I have in the past. In 18U, we won the gold medal, but you know what? This is something beyond that. I think it's something that growing up, that my family always wanted [to see]. My mom and my grandfather, who is resting in peace right now, he always wanted to see me play for the Dominican. It's where we grew up. That's where we come from. That's where my family was born."