Good news for soccer fans and the future of the USMNT. Julian Green’s one-time association was approved by FIFA, and he is now eligible to play with the U.S. Men’s National Team. The 18-year-old forward and midfielder is eligible to play immediately. The even better news is that Green has to represent the USMNT from here on out and cannot change his mind and go back to play for Germany.
Green will now try to impress Jürgen Klinsmann and hopefully make the roster cut with a trip to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. Green will suit up in the red, white, and blue on April 2 when the USMNT plays a friendly against Mexico. Klinsmann did say that if Green did choose to represent the USMNT nationally, he would be on the plane to Brazil. In this case, Green better prove himself in the game against Mexico in order to make the roster.
Just because Green chose to represent the stars and stripes for the future does not mean he will actually be on the roster for Brazil. Green still has to prove himself to Klinsmann and the rest of the USMNT squad.
Will Green make the roster cut and represent the USMNT at the 2014 World Cup Brazil?
Yes, Klinsmann should take Green to the World Cup. With very few roster spots left, the final spot should come down to Green or Brek Shea. Shea plays out wide for Stoke City and has currently been coming off the bench for the USMNT. He is a talented and experienced player that brings spark to the game, but spark is not enough. He can get the ball into the attacking third, but his final pass and shot is not accurate enough to make the team. Green should make the USMNT over Shea.
Green may not see a minutes in the World Cup because Klinsmann would trust his older, more experienced players on the big stage, but if Green does come off the bench it would be huge for the USMNT. Green can provide his quickness off the bench along with a spark and flair the U.S. fans would be eager to see.
And why not bring an 18-year-old forward that has potential to make the USMNT special in the future?
Yes, he plays for Bayern Munich’s second team and has only made one appearance off the bench for Bayern Munich’s first team, but to gain experience and get better Green needs to experience the big stage and big games. He is a young talent the Americans need in order to learn a different style of play and gain quickness up top. With Jozy Altidore’s height and Clint Dempsey’s technical skills and ability on the ball, Green could be the perfect ingredient to complete the trio. Scoring comes easy to Green and his ability to read defenses can enhance the American side. With Altidore’s recent struggles for Sunderland, Green could fill the scoring void the Americans need.
If Green is on the plane to Brazil he will make an impact in the 2014 World Cup.