USMNT goes Green

Wish just two weeks until the USMNT friendly against Mexico, coach Jürgen Klinsmann needs to make his final decisions about the roster. Klinsmann invited 24 players to training camp before the Mexico game, including 18-year-old Julian Green. German-American player Julian Green accepted Klinsmann’s offer to train with the USMNT leading up to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Green is currently playing forward for the German based team Bayern Munich. Before making the first team, Green topped Bayern’s U-23 squad with 15 goals and six assists. He made his first appearance as a sub with Bayern Munich in November after dominating the U-23 league.

Green trained with the USMNT in Frankfurt, Germany leading up to the friendly against Ukraine and will do the same leading up to the Mexico game. Green is only allowed to train with the Americans because he is not eligible to play. Klinsmann’s invitation to Green is attempting to pull him into the American side of soccer. Growing up, Green played for the German National Team and USMNT. Recently, Green played for the U18 USMNT and U19 German National Team.

Green has chosen to represent the USMNT instead of the German squad. Green will wear the stars and stripes and is currently applying to FIFA for a change of association. Klinsmann has said Green does have a chance to play in the upcoming 2014 World Cup for the U.S.

With Green’s future up in the air, American soccer fans will be happy Klinsmann convinced Green to play with the USMNT in the upcoming World Cup Brazil. Picking the Americans over the Germans could not have been easy because of Germany’s recent success, finishing third in 2010 World Cup and currently being ranked second in the world. Germany and the U.S. will also battle in the upcoming World Cup group stage. But Klinsmann’s history as a coach was in the Americans favor. Klinsmann did coach and manage the German National Team along with Bayern Munich.

With the current 24-player roster, there are six forwards who made the cut, including Julian Green. The obvious starters at forward for the 2014 World Cup are Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey because they have gotten the Americans into the World Cup. But with the addition of Green, Klinsmann could go to three up top and make the starting forwards even more dangerous. With Altidore’s recent struggles at Sunderland, Green could be the spark the Americans need. Altidore has only scored one goal and tallied one assist in 25 games in the English Premier League for Sunderland. With Altidore struggling, Green could be the answer. Coming off the bench, Green could bring his energy and youthfulness into the match. Green is what the USMNT needed and a perfect way to complement the dynamic of Altidore and Dempsey.

Klinsmann will make his final roster cuts after the friendly against Mexico, and hopefully Green will be on the plane to Brazil with the USMNT to help them get out of the group stage.