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Julian Green: Wildcard wonderkid

Photo: USA Soccer (Twitter)

Julian Wesley Green was born in Tampa Bay, Florida, but moved to Germany with his parents when he was two-years-old.

Born from an American father and German mother, the talented striker possesses dual citizenship with both nations vying for his allegiance.

He has played at youth level for both nations, but on the 24th march FIFA accepted his request to change nationality to American with immediate effect.

And he has now been selected by Jurgen Klinsmann as a part of the USMNT preliminary World Cup Squad.

After having been educated in Germany, Green possesses the ability to play as either a striker or a winger, a philosophy created by Klinsmann during his time coaching the German national team.

The 18-year-old is currently playing for Bayern Munich, and he made his professional debut in the UEFA Champions League in November 2013, and now looks sets for a bright future.

Since changing allegiance, Green has already made his USMNT debut, coming off the bench in a friendly against Mexico in April.

(Photo: Julian Green in action against Mexico in his USMNT debut)

A bit of an unknown commodity amongst fans, Green has the potential and the skillset to transform American soccer.

In a new age where US soccer is constantly evolving, Green could be the man to guide them through the transition.

Critics will question why he decided to change allegiance, seeing as he played for the German under-19 side at the young age of eighteen.

However, having scored fifteen goals in twenty-three games this season for Bayern Munich II, it looks as though he may have the tools to transform the USMNT into a dangerous attacking force.

All we know about him so far is that he has bags of potential, but selecting him to go to the World Cup could do one of two things for Green; he could be selected with the aim of gaining valuable experience, or he could go and set the group alight.

Oh, and he could also line-up against Germany when the two sides meet in Group G, the country he opted against playing for.

The forward clearly has talent, as he looked set to play for Germany, but the option to play for USA may prove to be the right choice, as he will certainly win caps quicker due to less competition in the US side.

Green will know if he’s on the plane by the 2nd June, although with Klinsmann being German and Green giving the team a new dimension, don’t be surprised to see him make the final 23.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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