March 18, 2014
BORN IN THE U.S.A.
18-year-old Green chooses U.S. over Germany
CHICAGO - Bayern Munich forward Julian Green has chosen to represent the United States in international competition and has applied for a one-time change of association to FIFA. The process is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
"We are absolutely thrilled that Julian has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team programs," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "As we have said, he is a very special talent. We wanted him to feel comfortable with our program and listen to his heart when making this decision. I personally want to thank Kalle Rummenigge and everyone at Bayern Munich for their support through this process. He is an exciting player with a tremendously bright future."
Born in Tampa, Fla., the 18-year-old Green is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. He has been a part of a U.S. U-18 camp, and most recently spent two days with the Men's National Team in March prior to the friendly against Ukraine. Because he played for Germany in an official competition - a qualifier for the U-19 European Championship - the one-time change application was required.
"Obviously this was a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family," said Green. "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 has been invited to participate in the training camp leading up to the game against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz.
Per FIFA rules, once a change of association has been filed, a player cannot represent either association until the process is complete.