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Julian Green to play for United States; U.S. Soccer to announce decision in next 24-48 hours

Mar 18, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT

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

According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, U.S. Soccer will announce Bayern Munich winger Julian Green has chosen to play international soccer for the United States, with an official statement expected from the federation within the next 24-48 hours.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the team’s head coach and technical director, took to his own Twitter account later to confirm Green “has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs!”

The Tampa, Fla.-born Green, who currently plays for Bayern Munich II in the fourth tier of German soccer, is a dual citizen, making him eligible to play of either Germany or the United States. Having trained with Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad last month ahead of the team’s friendly against Ukraine, Green is ready to take the next step and tie his senior-level eligibility to the United States.

Twellman reported the news via his Twitter account on Tuesday:

With Klinsmann confirming the report later in the afternoon:

U.S. Soccer follow with its own Twitter confirmation, saying the change of association process has begun:

Green, 18, has yet to make a league appearance for Bayern’s senior team but has made U-level appearances for both Germany and the United States. Though he has appeared for Germany in a competitive game — qualifying for the European U-19 Championships — his dual citizenship makes him eligible to file for a one-time switch of affiliation. Should he do so, Green will be committed to the United States.

For Bayern’s second team, Green has scored 15 goals in 21 appearances this season, helping his team to the top of their Regionalliga. The winger is also expected to join the U.S.’s senior national team for training ahead of its April friendly against Mexico.

Between the timing of the announcement and Green’s participation in the upcoming training camp, fans are already speculating whether the 18-year-old could win a spot for this summer’s World Cup squad. If Green does elect to make his switch, Klinsmann will have the option.

  1. erckle31 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    AWWWWWW YEEAAHHH.

  2. vin904 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Nice! He will be on the plane to Brazil

  3. bostonredsoccer - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Technically, Green *has* made an appearance for BM, but it was only a 2 minute stint in a Champions League match. He hasn’t played in a league or other competitive match.

    • Richard Farley - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Thanks, Boston. I’ll correct that now.

    • Richard Farley - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Thanks, again, Boston. I had forgotten about this appearance, and then the score I went to to get his stats didn’t like that Champions League cameo. Much appreciated!

      • bostonredsoccer - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        It was the ultimate “cup of coffee.”

  4. walkoff3 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    **BREAKING: Bayern Munich announce US International Julian Green to be sold to MLS in the next transfer window….

    • walkoff3 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      sarcasm

  5. seanb20124 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    What is quality of German 4th Division? USL, NASL??

  6. jay1934 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    It stinks that Green who knows he won’t make the German national team gets a chance and probably will make the U.S. team while other Americans who are better probably won’t be given a chance to make the team.

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