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Julian Green will not be on USMNT Gold Cup roster

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Julian Green will not be on the United States' Gold Cup roster. The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Green's struggles over the last year, and his inability to be a dominant player with the U.S. U-23s at the Toulon Tournament, but Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed that he would not be on the team to put any questions about it to bed.

"He needs a break now," Klinsmann told reporters. "We’ll give him a break. He goes back to Bayern Munich. Bayern will sort out where his next step will be. He keeps growing, so we leave him out of the Gold Cup and we give him a break.

"That’s how we manage, basically, a lot of our players who are not there yet. We manage their time. We manage their next steps. We see, OK, it’s good to bring him in. Maybe next time, it’s better to leave him out."

Green hasn't looked anything close to international quality of late. He is still a talented player who so many people were excited about ahead of the World Cup last year -- and doubly so after he scored in that World Cup -- but his club situation became a disaster and his growth stagnated.

Green spent the last year on loan at HSV from Bayern Munich. HSV barely avoided relegation and the manager who brought Green in was fired just weeks into the season. By the time the campaign came to an end, HSV had gone through four managers and Green was not very well regarded.

"We are not disappointed," Klinsmann said. "We see everybody’s learning curve as a natural learning curve. Julian took the risk to leave his nest in Munich and go as a 19-year-old person to another club. It was very different. He gets into the relegation battle with a very big German club and has four different coaches in one year."

With Green not being called into the Gold Cup team, he will get to be with Bayern Munich from the start of training camp. That will be a boost for the 20-year-old, who can get some good training in and look to impress the club. It's unlikely he makes the first team, but a good July could help him find a new club to go on loan to, one that will hopefully work out better than HSV did.