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Report: Bild says Julian Green has selected the USMNT over Germany

Feb 14, 2014, 10:27 PM EDT

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Forget what we said about an hour ago concerning Julian Green’s training with the United States meaning nothing.

With US Soccer having confirmed the 18-year-old wonder kid is training with the USMNT ahead of their upcoming friendly with Ukraine, initially it was thought this would just be a small step towards securing the budding star’s services.

Well now, it may mean a lot more than we initially thought. According to German media outlet Bild, Green has made his decision – he’s chosen to play for the United States.

In a massive coup for the USMNT, the Bayern Munich youngster seems to be aiming at an outside shot to make the squad for the World Cup this summer, something that coach Jurgen Klinsmann has apparently told him isn’t out of the question.

Ok, so we all know Bild’s tendencies to embellish and create some crazy stories, so let’s not get too excited until it’s confirmed by one of the parties involved. But to make things jucier, the article has quotes directly from Green.

According to the article, Green told Bild that the opportunity is a “great chance and a real honor” and that “it doesn’t get any better” than to be able to play for his country of birth.

Bild says that Klinsmann sent his assistant Andreas Herzog to not only watch the youngster play but to speak with him as well.

Having rejected a call-up to the USMNT squad back in November due to logistical eligibility issues, the next step for the Tampa native would be to file a one-time switch request with FIFA. That would make his move to the United States complete.

He must do so partly because he has appeared at the U-19 level for Germany’s national side. It was originally thought that because of this, Germany had the upper hand in his final decision.

Green made his Bayern Munich senior debut back in November, coming on as a late substitute in their Champions League match against CSKA Moscow.

Just earlier tonight, US Soccer confirmed (along with Green’s father) that he will take part in 2 days of training with the USMNT ahead of their March 5 friendly with Ukraine. The training will take place in Frankfurt, and he will not be participating in the match.

  1. hildezero - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    That would be a big coupe for US Soccer!

    • Ian's Rushtache - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      but a small sedan

      • hildezero - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Damn… Are you that sensitive? What are you? Some college instructer? XD Yeah, I phuccd up, so what?…

      • schmutzdeck - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM


        Why do chicken coops have two doors?

        Because if they had four they would be chicken sedans.

  2. emphraser - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    There’s no ‘e’ in ‘instructor’.

  3. tr3y11 - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Yeah, buddy!

  4. dfstell - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Cool…..but I’m not getting my hopes too high until he says it himself or wears a US kit in an official game.

    For example: Does it make sense that he’s really “picked” the US, but is only coming to “train”? It’s just a friendly and it wouldn’t cap-tie him even if he played. So, if he has picked the US, wouldn’t he play in the game too?

    • skjln - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Perhaps you forget that playing for the USMNT would require filing a one time switch, so if he were to file that today he might have FIFA’s answer in a month or so. To answer your question, no he wouldn’t be playing for the US in this game regardless of his final decision.

  5. seanb20124 - Feb 15, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    WC is to near for him to make the squad. Maybe 2018

    • bear06 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      No, he can actually make the squad for this upcoming WC.

  6. bellerophon30 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    The biggest crapshoot of any WC roster is the 22nd spot (the third keeper is the 23rd spot), and I can’t think of a good reason not to give it to Julian Green. Leaving aside that Klinsi loves non-Chandler German-Americans anyway, would he really do a worse job for us than Bedoya or someone like him (and I like Bedoya’s game, that’s not a diss).

    It’s a slippery slope, using a WC spot to get a player to choose the US, but given that Donovan and Dempsey (not to mention Beasley, Beckerman, Jones, Goodson and others) are in their final World Cup cycle……..well a Bayern Munich regular on the USMNT can only be a good thing for 2018.

  7. shadgreen - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Thank you to all of our service men who have served our country faithfully while being stationed in Germany over the last 20 years or so. We appreciate you.

    • bellerophon30 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Amen. Now let’s open up a base in Brazil or Argentina, just to be safe.

      • bostonredsoccer - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        We actually have a couple of Brazilian & Argentine youth in our set-up (or on our radar, anyway). One was born when his dad was playing in MLS. Maybe we need to get more Latin American players to hang out in the US.

    • midtec2005 - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      If saying he can go to the WC makes him switch, then bring him to the freakin WC. He’s a young kid, some of us may remember a couple other young kids that went in 2002… they didn’t turn out to bad.

      • schmutzdeck - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        DMB and LD went in 2002 but they also played a lot.

        If Green can’t contribute at that level then he should not go.

      • bear06 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        @schmutzdeck: DMB and LD weren’t in the best club in the world. If JK sees that Green is good enough then he should offer him a WC spot.

      • schmutzdeck - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM


        This training session is actually crucial because it will give JK an idea of how Green fits in with what should be much of the first team.

        It is great that Green plays for Bayern but that alone does not mean he will fit in.especially on such comparatively short notice. However great Green’s talent is , it has to fit into what the USMNT does.

      • bear06 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:17 AM

        @schmutzdeck: Yeah, if Green impresses JK in training then I would have no problem with him offering the kid a WC roster spot over some of the fringe players who wont even get on the field.

  8. boscoesworld - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    If he can play in the Bundisliga he would most certainly out play Eddie Johnson for a spot!!!

  9. jimmycrackcorn99 - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    This would for sure mean the 4th striker. I had thought that Agudelo might steal that spot from EJ or even Wondo, but for me this would be the guy to go with. I bet that Klinsmann & Herzog promised him to go to Brazil if he committed to the US.

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