Earlier today, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman reported that FC Bayern München forward Julian Green would make a decision as to which national team he would play for within 24-48 hours.
It took only a single hour for Green to commit.
Julian Green’s decision to play for the United States Men’s National Team represents what is probably the biggest recruitment news in Jürgen Klinsmann’s tenure. Klinsmann had been gently introducing Green to the side. The approach to recruiting the American-German forward proved to be the correct strategy. Klinsmann brought Green along slowly, allowing him to make a decision when he felt comfortable.
The question now becomes; how soon will Green play for the USMNT?
After spending some time training with the US National Team, the 18-year old Green appeared to believe he could contribute early, as did Klinsmann. Former USMNT player and ESPN analyst, Alexi Lalas reckons that Klinsmann told him “he wouldn’t use a USMNT WC roster spot on player that couldn’t help this summer.”
Those are strong words considering Green likely committed because he believes he will play in the World Cup this Summer.
At which position Green fits is another story. The newly-minted US national has seen time at both wings and in the striker position. This flexibility means Klinsmann can use Green in a variety of situations or perhaps move him back to an attacking midfielder or wide midfield position. Green is 5’7″ though so Klinsmann may want him to play at wide positions.
Now that the decision has been made, Julian Green and the USMNT can focus on being their best in preparation for a difficult World Cup group stage.