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Bayern Munich Starlet Julian Green Opts for German U-19 Team; USA Still Hopeful

German-American youngster Julian Green, who was born in Tampa, Florida, has opted to continue representing Germany at the U-19 level. This comes just weeks after his first-team Bayern Munich debut. The highly rated winger represented the United States at the U-18 level and has already caught the eye of US Head Coach and Technical Director Jürgen Klinsmann who tried to call Green into the US camp before friendlies last month.

“We are in talks with him. Right now, he has opted to play for the Germany under-19 team,” Klinsmann told ESPN FC. “We don’t put any stress on him and remain in talks in order to convince him to play for the U.S. someday.”

While the United States has made a habit in recent years of convincing German-Americans to play for them, the two most talented American eligible players in recent years with dual citizenship opted to play elsewhere — Giuseppe Rossi and Neven Subotić. In Subotić’s case, he like Green represented the US at the youth level before opting for Serbia. A difference though is that Subotić was actually living in the US and was brought through the National Academy in Bradenton before signing to Mainz and following Jürgen Klopp to Dortmund.

But the Subotić and Rossi episodes have left a bad taste in the minds of many American soccer fans who are now fearful something similar is happening with Green. However, when you consider Green grew up in Germany, plays for Bayern and could feature for the German national side, it is difficult to fault his decision.

Klinsmann however vows to keep trying to convince Green to switch back to the United States, a decision he will have to make before his 21st birthday or being capped in a competitive match for Germany under FIFA rules.

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  1. R.O

    December 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    “In Subotić’s case, he like Green represented the US at the youth level before opting for Serbia.”

    In an interview with Subotic 2 years ago on “Goal – The Bundesliga show”, Subotic said that the US Nat’l Coach(s)told him that he (Subotic) wasn’t good enough. They basically told him he wasn’t any good so he decided to move on.

    “The bizarre thing about this was that three months later I got called up for the senior national team (for an October 2007 friendly vs. Switzerland in Basel). For whatever reason I was not good enough for the U-20 squad”

    “Obviously this did not make my feelings stronger for the U.S.”

    “Subotic was driven away by a coach’s terrible mistakes (Subotic has also pointed to public criticism Rongen made of him)”

  2. Dan

    December 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Not surprising. Beckenbauer and co. are in his head everyday so most likely he’d play for Germany. Not to mention they are perennial World Cup contenders.

  3. Evan

    December 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Can’t blame him.

  4. Matt

    December 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Sadly not surprising…

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