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US national team, World Cup player profile: Julian Green

Jun 1, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

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Well, well, here’s an interesting topic. We’ve come to the man who may have put Landon Donovan out of a job in Brazil. Just 18 years old, Green is an enigma in the national team squad.

Green earned his first US cap in the April friendly against Mexico, and with very little for the American public to have seen of the teenager, he remains a complete unknown to most of the country.

The youngster was born in Florida, but has lived in Germany since he was two years old, making him eligible for both countries.  Playing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, he made his senior debut for the club in the Champions League last fall, but has yet to earn any serious time, mostly playing for the club’s U-21 side.

He played for the German youth system and saw interest from the senior side, but when Jurgen Klinsmann made a very serious push for his services, Green made waves internationally by submitting a one-time switch to FIFA, making him eligible for the United States and no longer for Germany.

Read anything on the kid and it will tell you he’s fast, skillful, and fearless. But until we have more of a sample size, he remains a prospect and nothing more.

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Full name: Julian Wesley Green

Age: 18

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Position: Forward, Winger

Caps/goals: 1/0

Club: Bayern Munich

Best moment in a US shirt: Since Green only has one senior cap to his name, we’re going to go a bit of a different route here.  Green’s best moment in a US shirt will be the moment he points to as the turning point in his international situation.  Klinsmann invited Green to participate in a USMNT camp in Frankfurt, Germany ahead of the friendly with Ukraine in March. According to Green, that’s where he made his decision, as the team welcomed him with open arms.  Clint Dempsey gave him a US jersey, and the entire squad made him feel at home.  Soon after, Green filed his one-time switch paperwork, and he was a United States player.

Starter or squad player at the World Cup? Just like his abilities, how he will be used in Brazil is also a bit of a mystery. It’s hard to imagine Jurgen Klinsmann would replace Landon Donovan with a guy who will ride the bench, but at this point it’s hard to see Green getting significant time ahead of the already established wingers, and in a completely new environment, the 18-year-old has much to prove before he earns minutes on the world’s biggest stage.

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