Bayern's Green commits to U.S. men's national team

The Sports NetworkMarch 18, 2014 

Chicago, IL ( - Jurgen Klinsmann announced Tuesday that Bayern Munich striker Julian Green has officially decided to represent the United States men's national team.

Green, a German-American who has made two senior appearances for European giant Bayern Munich this season, submitted paperwork to FIFA regarding his intention to commit to the U.S., according to multiple sources.

Klinsmann confirmed the coup, voicing his delight on Twitter and welcoming Green to the U.S. national team.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Julian Green has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs," Klinsmann announced via the social media site.

The 18-year-old Green has participated in competitive matches with Germany's under-19 team during European qualifying, but he is eligible to play for the U.S., so it's simply a matter of time until his application to switch international teams is approved.

Klinsmann told last week that if Green decided to represent his birth nation, he'll have a chance to make the 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"This is a player who has tremendous potential going forward," Klinsmann said. "I think there's a strong chance to see him rather sooner than later and there's also a chance for him to break even into this World Cup roster. But first he has to make this decision and we go from there."

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