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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

Green (center) in action for the German U19 team against Belarus. Getty Images

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.

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 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 “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?

  1. dfstell - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Of course a decision hasn’t been made, otherwise he’d actually be playing in the friendly.

    • Sgc - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Actually there’s a bit of a lag time, because the papers would have to process.

  2. mknow406a - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    This is SO much different than Subotic… First, Subotic didn’t even get a sniff from any major US college programs. I have talked to several D-I college coaches (the best offer he got was Southern Florida) and MLS coaches, and each of them have admitted that they dropped the ball on him. One coach told me “He didn’t stand out in the matches I watched as anything spectacular… but, what a couple of youth matches don’t show you is a players’ commitment and heart to train and get better.” Here’s a guy that at 20 attracted attention from some of the top clubs in the WORLD and US scouts didn’t even rate him high enough for a full scholarship at a top D-I school?!?! Really? The same folks that anointed Freddy Adu as the first true American superstar, wrote off Subotic as nothing special?!? Meanwhile in Germany, a second division club sees his potential, signs him and then 2 seasons later sells him to the Dortmund for 5+ million euros… in other words, the German second division has better scouting than all of the NCAA and MLS teams combined… there is a whole level of the comprehension (e.g. confusing overall athleticism with overall potential) that is still lacking here in the US…

    • godsholytrousers - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Ranking Systems for players are based upon those higher up the pecking order realizing the talent. If Bob Bradley would have noticed this player, you can be sure EVERY college coach in the nation would have been clamoring for his services.

      This is how it happens in every sport. The highest level takes an interest and you go from a 1 star recruit to a 5 star overnight.

      The old guard of US Soccer never saw the potential in many of our lost generation.
      Thank your lucky stars that Klinsmann is in charge now.

    • Nicholas Mendola - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Subotic made nearly a dozen appearances for the US U-17s before he went to the University of South Florida and eventually signed in Germany… I’m nearly positive that any player on the US U-17s could find a scholarship in the US. He sought out the pro route. Might be as simple as that.

      • mknow406a - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Ok… I’m not trying to be condescending here, but you have NO clue. There is MAJOR fluctuations between 16 year old (U-17) and 18 year old players (U-19/U-20). This has to do with the fact that some boys mature faster than others. It is not uncommon at all for there to be a lot of churning between those age groups. To think that a 16 year old can write his ticket to any school is crazy. Some 16 year olds develop faster and can dominate simply because they are faster and stronger, but by the time they are 18 and EVERYBODY is faster and stronger, their lack of technical ability catches up. Likewise, a 16 year old that has a growth spurt and is uncoordinated with his 6’2″ frame, has adjusted and gotten use to it by 18. The same goes for the 5″2′ forward that at 16 has the pace and agility to beat these uncoordinated 6’2″ players simply, but is no where near as effective once the bigger boys learn how to play with their ‘new’ physical tools. So no. An U-17 cannot simply write his ticket anywhere.

        Next, this notion that a player may choose to go to a mid-major US college in a second tier division to enhance his chances of going pro in Europe is ridiculous. I know for a fact, and you can choose to not believe me, that two top ranked ACC schools did not think he was worth a scholarship. A mid-tier (at the time) ACC school offered him 50%. He simply went where he could get a full ride, USF.

        My point is there is a MAJOR problem in US scouting when a player can go from not being worthy of a scholarship to any big-time US college to starting in the Bundesliga within a 4 year time frame. Chris Carrieri gets a full ride to UNC and the Herman Award, Subotic ends up at South Florida? There is no explanation for that other than the US scouting system is broken!

      • Nicholas Mendola - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        Okay. I said “could get a scholarship” not “will write his ticket.” There are 205 D-I schools carrying a couple dozen or more players a piece. There’s a spot for him.

        It’s clear you have an issue with the scouting system in America, which is totally fine and justified, but using that problem in this argument doesn’t really work. Whether Subotic developed here or not — and his development may very well be thanks to the training at Mainz — has little to do with whether he could get a scholarship.

        I get it. You’re a coach who knows other coaches and some of them didn’t like Subotic. And Chris Carrieri didn’t win the Hermann Award.

      • Sgc - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        Well, it matters to the point not just that you get a scholarship, but where you get it. Also, just for the record, schools get 9.9 scholarships, and that’s if they’re fully funded, which most aren’t. (Full rides are fairly rare because of this.)

  3. hildezero - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    I knew this was gonna happened that Green’s choice wasn’t official yet. Oh, well.

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