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Report: 18-year-old wunderkind Julian Green called up to USMNT

Oct 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

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German news outlet Bild reported on Thursday that United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann has called in Bayern Munich midfielder Julian Green for friendlies in November at Scotland and Austria.

The 18-year-old (pictured, far right) featured in preseason for Pep Guardiola’s club, scoring two hat tricks in two games — albeit against opposition of much lower quality. Green has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga and appeared three times for the German under-19 team this year.

Just as Aron Jóhannsson did from Iceland, Green would have to file a one-time switch with FIFA before he is eligible to play for the U.S. Also like Jóhannsson, Green was born in the U.S. before moving overseas.

Green is a left-footed, creative central attacking player who has played on the front line and in midfield. If the Bild report is true, he could make his first appearance in an American shirt on Nov. 15 or 19, when the U.S. plays its next two European friendlies.

However, keep in mind Bild’s spotty record of reports regarding German-Americans. The outlet correctly reported that John Brooks would be called in for the Bosnia-Herzegovina friendly in August, but it incorrectly said that Jermaine Jones would have meniscus surgery in September.

So take this report with a grain of salt, but if it turns out to be true, it could be a real coup for the U.S.

  1. danielofthedale - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Why would he have to file the one time switch? I thought to do that you would need to have been over 21 and/or played in a friendly with the full national team. I know Green is 21 and I don’t think he has been with the full German National Team.

    • bear06 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Green is only 18 and he has to file a one time switch because he played an official youth game for Germany (U19 Euro qualifying) a few weeks ago.

      • danielofthedale - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Thanks for clarification.

      • bear06 - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM

        No problem.

    • bostonredsoccer - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      They changed the under 21 rule a few years back. A game with in an “official competition” at a youth level ties you to a federation. You get one time to change associations, but that’s it.

  2. bear06 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Awesome news! This kid has a lot of talent and potential.

  3. speedsterofbeantown - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Julian Green also plays up top in FC Bayern München’s 4-1-4-1, so he can play there as well.

    He just added two more goals in Wednesday’s reserve match, his best performance since returning from an ankle injury.

    • bear06 - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

      Yep, he has 13 goals in 14 games for Bayern’s reserve team.

  4. jimmycrackcorn99 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    JK knows that these kinds of young players are the key to establishing a long-term rate of success (very German thinking). He has been quite persuasive in the past, and once you get a few good ones on board (Johannsson, Brooks), things start falling into place. Let’s hope that Green sees his chance to go to the Big Dance.

    On that note, who would now stay home…? I’m guessing Bedoya/Corona

    • danielofthedale - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      I don’t think he would make the World Cup team. This is a move for the future. He might be lighting up for the Bayern Reserves but they are playing in the Fourth Tier of German soccer. I think thinking he can make the jump from there to World Cup is a bit to much.

      • bear06 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        He could make an appearance for Bayern’s first team in a German Cup game, so while it’s unlikely Green makes the World Cup next summer there’s still a chance that he could be a dark horse player for the U.S. MNT next summer in Brazil.

  5. braxtonrob - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    This is the best news the USMNT’s midfield has had in months.

    If he plays up to his talent (and can start next summer), the USMNT just got A LOT stronger.

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