Julian Green has been called up to the United States national team. Kind of.
The Bayern Munich 18-year-old is being called in to train with the U.S. ahead of their November friendlies against Scotland and Austria, the USSF told Jeff Carlisle, although he has yet to accept or deny Jurgen Klinsmann's call. The kicker is that Green cannot cannot play in a match with the team, even if the Americans want him to.
Green is currently tied to Germany after playing for in a Euro U-19 qualifier so if he wanted to play for the Americans, he would have to file a one-time switch to the U.S. He has yet to do so and if he did, that would close the door to him on Die Mannschaft. He is not going to do that yet, and he may not even accept Klinsmann's call to the U.S., but he has the option to join them next month now as the Americans continue to woo dual-nationals.
Green is one of the brightest prospects to come from the Bayern Munich academy and shone when he played for the first team in preseason. But he was sent down to the reserves for the season, which is hardly a slap in the face seeing as he is the youngest player on the team. The reserves current play in the Regionalliga, but the club has made it a priority to get them promoted to the 3rd LIga, which Green is helping them try to do before a likely loan to a smaller Bundesliga club next season.
Even if Green does accept Klinsmann's call to train with the senior team, it may not convince him to play for the U.S. His American father has said he would love to see him do so, and he has played in U.S. youth team friendlies, but Green was raised in Germany and they are still the better national team. For one of Bayern Munich's best academy products, a future with Germany is assumed, but the U.S. is in the mix and maybe a week training with the senior team sways him to the Red, White and Blue. Klinsmann is certainly betting on it.
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