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Report: Julian Green to train with U.S. national team in Arizona, contemplating USMNT future

Mar 18, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

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For all of you on board the ‘Julian Green for the U.S. national team’ bandwagon, get ready to kick it up a few gears.

It seems like the Bayern Munich youngster is incredibly serious about representing the U.S. national team, and will be heading to the U.S. for a training camp with Jurgen Klinsmann’s team in April.

On Tuesday 18-year-old Green spoke with SI.com’s Grant Wahl, as it was confirmed that Jurgen Klinsmann’s request for Green to train with the USMNT squad in Glendale, Ariz., before facing Mexico on April 2, had been accepted by his club.

Bayern has to make special arrangements for it to happen, as the friendly falls outside of an official FIFA international date with players from Major League Soccer likely to make up the majority of Klinsmann’s squad for the rivalry match with El Tri. When asked if he has ambitions of playing for the U.S. at this summer’s World Cup, Green had the following to say.

“Yes, I think so,” Green said. “If I can play a World Cup at 18 years old, it would be great, amazing. But I have to train hard.”

(MORE: Klinsmann hails U.S. youngster Green, how influential could he be?)

Green also confirmed that Klinsmann has mentioned the chance of him going to the World Cup but hasn’t guaranteed the Bayern youth product a spot on the plane if he picks the USA over Germany. Throughout his international youth career green has represented Germany at various level, however he has yet to decide which nation he wants to represent as a full international.

This news comes after Green already trained with the U.S. national team in Frankfurt before their friendly with Ukraine earlier in March, as Klinsmann aims to integrate the talented teenager born in Tampa, Florida.

Can Green make a charge to the World Cup squad? He’s deemed by many to be a certainty to make the U.S squad if he does pick choose to represent USMNT over Germany. What a bombshell that would be if Green, just 18, was on the plane to Brazil to represent the Stars & Stripes.

  1. jimmycrackcorn99 - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Including Green on the WC roster is low risk/high reward if you ask me. Heck, he might not even see playing time, or at least a limited amount, but I think looking toward the future instead of including Wondo to ride the bench is smart coaching.

    • dfstell - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Absolutely. We’d just be leaving home a player who has already basically proven that they’re not quite good enough like Wondo or Sasha.

  2. vin904 - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    This needs to happen

  3. boscoesworld - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    A forward with exceptional skills! I can think of few players to leave at home so he can go to Brazil.

  4. shanmatt72 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Huge get by Jurgen. Well done. Make it happen

  5. jucam1 - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Good marketing and money making move for him. He wasn’t going to sniff time with the Germans, they are way to good to have this kid on their team this cup. Now he can come here and be an instant starter for Jurgen or at the very least come off the bench in every game. The US hype machine can do for him what they did for Adu (remember how great he was going to be?) or that stiff Jozy (the first great American world class goal scorer!) and make millions just off of Nike or Adidas. And if he doesn’t work out abroad, he can come to the MLS when he’s older and be at least an above average player making good money for his marketing and draw (sort of like Donovan or Bradley). If he stayed in Germany, he would have had to actually prove he’s a star before making millions and have to fight for playing time on a WAY better national team to crack. This is a very smart financial decision for him

    • bear06 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:59 AM

      You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about jucam1. What does Adu have to do with this? Green is already three things Freddy never was, fast, a winger and a goal scorer. The people who are telling you this guy Green is going to be great are two very accomplished soccer experts Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klinsmann. Smart financial decision for him? Ummm he’s already at the best football club in the world. BTW Germany talked to him before filing his one time switch to play for the U.S. hoping he would stay with them.

  6. seanb20124 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Jucam1, your post smells of tongue in cheek. But spot on.

    • bear06 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:59 AM

      Spot on? More like a bunch of BS.

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