Bayern Munich’s Julian Green To Play For USA Over Germany
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NFL Free Agency might have started last week, but the biggest signing so far might have come in World Football. US Soccer has announced 18-year-old Julian Green has committed to play for the US Mens National Team over Germany. The young winger who plays his club ball for German powerhouse Bayern Munich has officially put in for a change of association with FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.
That change will allow for Green to possibly land a spot on the U.S. roster for the World Cup in Brazil in just a few months.
Green who was born in Florida to an American father and German mother has played most of his life in Germany’s youth leagues and with their national youth squad. The opportunity to play for the US was one Green was excited about.
“Obviously this was a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family,” Green said in a statement on NYTimes.com. “I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I’m very proud to be representing the United States.”
Former German National Team player, Bayern Munich star and current US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted out his excitement.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Julian Green has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs!"—
Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) March 18, 2014
The former captain of the German national team has been successful in wooing German-American players to the play for the USA. Green will be one of six that currently have a good chance of making the 23-man roster for Rio.
Green trained with the Americans while the team was getting ready for a recent friendly against the Ukraine. His first action with the team might come in Arizona when the USA plays Mexico in a World Cup warm up game.
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