Julian Green to Train with USMNT Prior to Ukraine Match
Feb 16, 2014 12:45 PM EST
Multiple reports have revealed that 18-year-old phenom Julian Green will train with the United States Men's National Team before they square off against Ukraine in a friendly.
The USMNT will train for two days in Germany at the start of March and the invitation to the winger has peaked interest into whether or not he will choose to play for the Americans instead of the German side.
Green currently plays within the Bayern Munich organization and has played for the Germany U-19 team. However, Green was born in Tampa, Fla. and is eligible to play for either the United States or Germany. If he wishes to play in the World Cup, he must make his decision soon.
While the German-American will not play in the match against the Ukraine, supporters hope this means Green is leaning towards wearing red, white and blue.
With Jurgen Klinsmann as the former German National Team head coach, the Americans may have an edge in bringing in Green. This would not be the first time the USMNT would gain or lose a potential star.
American-born Giuseppe Rossi's infamous decision to play for Italy instead of the U.S. was a heartbreaker for fans and a missed opportunity by US Soccer. Last year, however, the USMNT added Alabama native Aron Johannsson from Iceland. The 23-year-old's decision to join the Americans was approved by FIFA in August.
While many caution that Green's invitation to train means little to nothing now, many will keep their eye on the situation following the Ukraine match on March 5.