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Hoffenheim defender turns down offer to play for USMNT

The German-born Jeremy Toljan will try his luck with Germany's youth team

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Jurgen Klinsmann's track record of being able to recruit German-Americans to the USMNT has apparently just taken a small hit. Hoffenheim defender Jeremy Toljan, who was born in Stuttgart, Germany, could have taken the steps necessary to become eligible for the U.S. if he desired.

The 20-year-old Toljan instead has opted to try to play for the Germany U-21 team in the upcoming European Championship. He has been named to the preliminary squad for the tournament in June.

Toljan's late father was American, but it is unclear whether or not he himself currently possesses a U.S. passport. If he doesn't, appearing in an official game for Germany's youth team would rule him out from ever playing for the USMNT.

Toljan told the German newspaper Bild that Klinsmann had approached him about playing for the U.S. National team. "He called me, asked me if I could imagine to play for the United States. We spoke only briefly," said Toljan.

He appeared in eight total games for Hoffenheim this season. Six appearances in the Bundesliga including four starts.