"We are absolutely thrilled that Julian has chosen to be a part of the U.S. national team programs," said Klinsmann in a statement. "As we have said, he is a very special talent. We wanted him to feel comfortable with our program and listen to his heart when making this decision. I personally want to thank [Karl-Heinz] Kalle Rummenigge and everyone at Bayern Munich for their support through this process. He is an exciting player with a tremendously bright future."
The news comes only two weeks after Green, who was born in Tampa and raised in Germany, trained with the USA in Frankfurt prior to its departure to Cyprus for the friendly against Ukraine. He'll join the USA for the friendly against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz. He won't be eligible to play for the USA until FIFA approves his application to switch associations.
“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
Other U.S. World Cup hopefuls who have switched allegiances are Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo and Aron Johannsson.