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Julian Green Will Join US Men's National Team

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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

Updates from Wednesday, March 26

The United States has named Julian Green to the roster for the friendly against Mexico

Updates from Monday, March 24

US Soccer President Sunil Gulati confirms when Julian Green will be eligible to play for USA's men's national team:

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Bayern Munich striker Julian Green reportedly will be wearing the red, white and blue.   

According to ESPN's Taylor Twellman, the 18-year-old is set to announce that he has spurned Germany to play for the United States at the international level:

Jurgen Klinsmann, the manager of the U.S. national team, also seemed to confirm that Green will become a part of the U.S. setup on a permanent basis:

Klinsmann hasn't been afraid to pursue either foreign-born or foreign-based players who have never been a part of the U.S. national team but would be eligible to join by FIFA's standards. As a result, players like Jermaine Jones, Timothy Chandler, Aron Johannsson, Fabian Johnson and John Anthony Brooks have been brought into the fold.

Yet Green would have to be considered Klinsmann's biggest success in that respect. The young German has shown a ton of promise with the Bayern Munich youth and reserve teams, and he appeared as a substitute for the senior team in a Champions League match against CSKA Moscow earlier in the season.

According to For The Win's Nate Scott, Green holds dual-citizenship for the United States and Germany. His father is an American who lives in Tampa, Florida, while his mother lives in Germany. FIFA rules allow him to make a one-time change when it comes to his team affiliation, per Scott, so he'll be tied to the U.S. national squad moving forward.

Earlier in the day, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported that Bayern would allow Green to join the U.S. team ahead of its friendly with Mexico on April 2. Green is ineligible to play in that match, but joining the team camp allows him to build some chemistry and continuity with his fellow teammates.

Wahl made the point that Bayern might have something to gain by Green joining the United States rather than playing for Germany:

This is without a doubt a major coup for Klinsmann. Although there's the chance that Green doesn't live up to the hype, he's one of the most promising talents to join the U.S. national team in some time.

The likes of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are entering into the twilight of their national team careers. It's imperative that Klinsmann finds stars for the next generation.  

With Green on board, the United States are definitely headed in the right direction.

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