Julian Green files one-time FIFA switch, will represent United States
Julian Green is set to be a full-fledged member of the U.S. men's national team.
U.S. Soccer confirmed Tuesday that Green, Bayern Munich's 18-year-old German-American forward who has represented Germany in an official youth competition, has filed his one-time Change of Association to FIFA and has chosen to play for the USA.
The announcement comes after SI's Grant Wahl reported earlier Tuesday that Bayern Munich had released Green to train with the U.S. ahead of the April 2 friendly against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz. If his Change of Association gets approved in time, he would not only be able to train with the U.S., but he would be eligible to play in the match, too.
Green has risen through Bayern's ranks to crack the first team under Pep Guardiola and made his debut in the UEFA Champions League against CSKA Moscow in November. He trained with the USA in Frankfurt prior to the national team's friendly against Ukraine earlier in March and has been on Jurgen Klinsmann's radar for some time as a potential dual national to join the U.S.
He is the second high-profile dual national to file for the one-time switch under Klinsmann, joining Aron Johannsson.
"Obviously this was a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family," Green said in a U.S. Soccer release. "I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I'm very proud to be representing the United States.
"A big part of the decision was the experience I had in Frankfurt. All the players were super nice and welcomed me from the beginning. Clint Dempsey gave me a jersey with my name on it, and the way they supported me gave me a lot of belief. The coaches have shown a lot of trust in me, and now I hope to do everything I can to earn a spot on the World Cup roster."
Green joins a growing list of German-Americans in the U.S. national team. Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, Terrence Boyd, Danny Williams and Timmy Chandler are all part of the first-team mix, while John Anthony Brooks has also received consideration and seems like he will ultimately be locked into the U.S., though he has not yet been cap-tied. Mainz's Shawn Parker is another desired German-American that Klinsmann has singled out in his past comments. Looking further down the road beyond this summer's World Cup in Brazil -- in which Green may or may not take part -- Green will also be age-eligible to represent the USA in the 2016 Olympics, should the Americans qualify, and he'll be just 23 when the 2018 World Cup in Russia rolls around. Green will have plenty of hype to live up to, but for the time being, it appears as if Klinsmann's recruitment efforts have resulted in a major coup for the national team program.