Will Julian Green See Any Playing Time at the World Cup?

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

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Julian Green is one of the best young talents in American soccer, but his role at the 2014 FIFA World Cup is unknown at the moment because of the experienced players in front of him on the depth chart. 

The 18-year-old, who plays for Bayern Munich at club level, has created a ton of buzz in recent months after committing to play for the United States over Germany. 

By doing so, Green earned himself a spot on the roster for the match against Mexico on April 2, and although he did earn some time on the pitch as a substitute, he did not prove that he belongs on the final 23-man roster for Brazil.

Few people actually believe that Green is someone who can make an instant impact, if Klinsmann opts to bring him to South America this summer. Over the next three weeks he has a chance to prove the critics wrong and earn a spot on the 23-man roster. 

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Assuming he does make the roster, Green will still face an uphill climb to make it on the pitch and earn playing time at a tournament that is vital to the future of the game in the States. 

If he does step on the pitch at some point in Brazil, Green will be met with a ton of expectations from fans who have barely seen him play at club level. 

It is worth noting that Green has played mostly for Bayern Munich's reserve team in the fourth division of German football. His lone appearance for the senior team came on November 27, 2013, when he appeared as a late sub in a UEFA Champions League match. 

He has also been on the shelf recently because of a shoulder injury he picked up in the Mexico match, but from all accounts, he is fit and ready to go. 

With that in mind, Green may only see the pitch late in a game that the Yanks are in full control of, so that the youngster isn't susceptible to making a crucial mistake on the wing. 

Against Mexico, Green showed why is he worth the hype on a few occasions, but he also proved that he is still a raw 18-year-old talent that will be a major contributor in Russia in 2018 instead of this summer in Brazil. 

One thing that is going in Green's favor is the fact that he is not only an unknown to most American fans, but to the opposition as well. 

This scenario could come into the mind of Klinsmann in Brazil, and he could choose to unleash Green in the second half of a game to provide a spark against a major footballing nation. 

There is no guarantee that Green will even make the plane ride to Brazil, but if he does, do not be surprised if the young talent, who has been in the news so much lately because of his potential, earns some playing time to show us what he is all about. 

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