Klinsmann excited to have Green in USMNT training; Bayern winger’s rep claims no decision on international future
Feb 17, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT
Bayern Munich attacker Julian Green is a young talent with options when it comes to choosing his international footballing future. Born in Tampa to a German mother and American serviceman, Green made his senior debut for the reigning European champions this Fall.
So the States and their head coach are pretty jazzed to have the 19-year-old in the fold… at least for a couple of training sessions next month in Frankfurt.
— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) February 17, 2014
The courtship of Green has been a roller coaster ride for both Jurgen Klinsmann and the legions of American supporters following his career. Green accepted an invitation to train with Klinsmann’s Yanks late in 2013 before ultimately changing his mind, later accepting a Germany U19 call-up.
There were reports in Germany that Green has formally chosen the United States for his international career, but an MLSSoccer.com report tossed some cold water on that. He won’t be playing in the March 5 friendly against Ukraine and has not made the big choice quite yet.
“No decision [on his international future] has been made yet,” Green’s rep, Katharina Schrott, told MLSsoccer.com. “The only fact I am able to confirm is that he is going to train with the US team in Frankfurt.”
In any event, it’s a good sign. As the USMNT hopes to continue its rise, earning “yesses” from Green and Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem would be a marked contrast from the disappointing decisions of Giuseppe Rossi (Italy) and Neven Subotic (Serbia).
And would the States much-maligned thinness on the wings contribute to a seat on the plane to Brazil for Green? If it works for Klinsmann, it’d seem a favorable decision for Green’s career; Who doesn’t want to play a role in a World Cup?
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