18-year-old Julian Green has chosen to commit and represent the United States National Team in international competition by applying for a one-time change association to FIFA.
Born in Tampa, Fla., Green is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. His father, a former military, is American and lives in Tampa, Green’s mother is German. He has been part of the U.S. U-18 camp, and recently spent two days with Men’s National Team as they prepared for their friendly versus Ukraine.
Because Green played a qualifier in the U-19 European Championship for Germany, the one-time change application was required.
USMNT Head Coach, Jürgen Klinsmann took to twitter to announce the news:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Julian Green has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs!”
— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) March 18, 2014
“As we have said,” continued Klinsmann in a release. “He is a very special talent. We wanted him to feel comfortable with our program and listen to his heart when making this decision. He is an exciting player with a tremendously bright future.”
Julian Green trained with the USMNT in Frankfurt, Germany ahead a friendly in early March against Ukraine and said that the time he spent with USMNT squad helped him to decide which national he would represent.
“A big part of this decision was the experience I had in Frankfurt,” explained Green about is decision. “All the players were super nice and welcomed me from the beginning. Clint Dempsey gave me a jersey with my name on it, and the way they supported me gave me a lot of belief. The coaches have shown a lot of trust in me, and now I hope to do everything I can to earn a spot on the World Cup roster.”
“Obviously this is a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family,” continued Green. “I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I’m very proud to be representing the United States.”