Updates from Wednesday, March 26
The United States has named Julian Green to the roster for the friendly against Mexico
#USAvMEX Roster, contd.: M-Beckerman, Bradley, Davis, Donovan, Edu, Gil, Zusi; F-Dempsey, Green, E. Johnson, Wondolowski— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 26, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 24
US Soccer President Sunil Gulati confirms when Julian Green will be eligible to play for USA's men's national team:
FIFA has approved change of nationality for Julian Green--he's eligible to play for USMNT immediately.— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati) March 24, 2014
Bayern Munich striker Julian Green reportedly will be wearing the red, white and blue.
According to ESPN's Taylor Twellman, the 18-year-old is set to announce that he has spurned Germany to play for the United States at the international level:
Jurgen Klinsmann, the manager of the U.S. national team, also seemed to confirm that Green will become a part of the U.S. setup on a permanent basis:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Julian Green has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs!"— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) March 18, 2014
Klinsmann hasn't been afraid to pursue either foreign-born or foreign-based players who have never been a part of the U.S. national team but would be eligible to join by FIFA's standards. As a result, players like Jermaine Jones, Timothy Chandler, Aron Johannsson, Fabian Johnson and John Anthony Brooks have been brought into the fold.
Yet Green would have to be considered Klinsmann's biggest success in that respect. The young German has shown a ton of promise with the Bayern Munich youth and reserve teams, and he appeared as a substitute for the senior team in a Champions League match against CSKA Moscow earlier in the season.
According to For The Win's Nate Scott, Green holds dual-citizenship for the United States and Germany. His father is an American who lives in Tampa, Florida, while his mother lives in Germany. FIFA rules allow him to make a one-time change when it comes to his team affiliation, per Scott, so he'll be tied to the U.S. national squad moving forward.
Earlier in the day, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported that Bayern would allow Green to join the U.S. team ahead of its friendly with Mexico on April 2. Green is ineligible to play in that match, but joining the team camp allows him to build some chemistry and continuity with his fellow teammates.
Wahl made the point that Bayern might have something to gain by Green joining the United States rather than playing for Germany:
Used to think Bayern would prefer J. Green play for GER to limit travel. But they may see playing for US as way for FCB to crack US market.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 18, 2014
This is without a doubt a major coup for Klinsmann. Although there's the chance that Green doesn't live up to the hype, he's one of the most promising talents to join the U.S. national team in some time.
The likes of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are entering into the twilight of their national team careers. It's imperative that Klinsmann finds stars for the next generation.
With Green on board, the United States are definitely headed in the right direction.