German-American Julian Green
will make the one-time switch from Germany to the USA, tying the 18-year-old Bayern
Munich winger to the U.S. national team at the senior level, according to national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann
"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.
Other U.S. World Cup hopefuls who have switched allegiances are Jermaine Jones
, Fabian Johnson
, Edgar Castillo
and Aron Johannsson