January 21, 2014
German-American teenager Julian Green, right, goes through Bayern Munich training exercises with Thomas Muller.
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Green, who has represented Germany in an official competition at the U-19 level (he has also participated in one U.S. U-18 camp) and would need to file for a one-time FIFA international switch in order to play for the USA, shows no sign that he is feeling the pressure. In fact he sounds much like any other young soccer player, excited to be taking his first steps in the big time.

Julian Green gets instructions from manager Pep Guardiola before taking the field in the Champions League for Bayern Munich against CSKA Moscow.
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It is clear that in a more globalized world, where the movement of people means national borders and identities become blurred, the question of race and nationality in football is becoming harder to define.

Julian Green, right, defends against Balla Jabir of Al-Merrikh during their friendly at Al-Saad stadium on Jan. 9.
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James Young is a Brazil-based contributor for SI.com. He can be followed on Twitter @seeadarkness.

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