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Julian Green’s switch to United States approved by FIFA, immediately eligible to play for USMNT

Mar 24, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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FIFA has approved the change of nationality of Julian Green from Germany to the United States.

Green, who was born in Tampa, Florida and currently plays for Bayern Munich II in the fourth tier of German soccer, is a dual citizen of Germany and the United States.

When Green first landed on the U.S. Soccer radar a few years back, most believed the highly-rated winger was a long-shot to end up in the Stars & Stripes.

Odds of a switch narrowed last month when Green trained with the U.S. squad before the friendly against Ukraine and then toppled last week when head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced that Green had chosen to play international soccer for the U.S..

Soon thereafter U.S. Soccer confirmed Green’s decision to embark on a ‘Change of Association’, a one-time switch that FIFA makes affordable to players of dual citizenship who have already appeared for one country in a competitive match. The 18-year-old had previously appeared for Germany in a European U-19 Championship qualifier.

The story came full circle earlier today when Green’s approved switch and immediate eligibility was confirmed via Twitter by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati:

This year Green has scored 15 goals in 22 appearances for Bayern’s second team, helping the club to 1st place in the Regionalliga. The winger is expected to join the U.S. team for training ahead of its April friendly against Mexico and has been widely tipped for the squad Klinsmann takes to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

  1. medic0nduty - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    It’s official. Now we can celebrate!

  2. jslip1 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Still an unproven talent but I’m excited nonetheless.

    For Green it’s a safe bet either way. If he turns out to more or less decent then he’ll still enjoy a prosperous and long career with the USMNT. If he turns out to be a star then he’ll be the face of the team for years. For Germany, if he was decent he would be crowded out and if he was star quality he would still find himself in a crowd.

  3. alane1972 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Somewhere in a dark corner of a dimly lit pub in England, Brek Shea weeps :)

  4. godsholytrousers - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    In the end it was a simple numbers game.
    Lost in a sea of German attackers, or standing out in a crowd of American potential.

    If he hits it big with Uncle Sam, will it kill his chances in Europe? Conspiracy?

    • bear06 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      He could have been more than just another player in the German squad in a couple of years if he had stayed with Germany. There is a reason why Jogi Low’s assistant tried to convince Green to stay with them and that is because the kid has a lot of talent and potential.

  5. jlgsoccer - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I hope he works hard and gets a spot. World Cup experience at 18 could do wonders for his future.

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