Meet Julian Green, the latest German-American with a strong club pedigree to suit up for a U.S. youth national team.
Green, a Bayern Munich U-19 forward who was born in Tampa, Fla., and has represented Germany on the youth level, is among 20 players called in by coach Javier Perez for the U.S. Under-18 national team's training camp in the Netherlands from Sept. 6-17. The training camp includes a friendly against the Netherlands on Sept. 11 and other friendlies against U-18 sides from Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.
In addition to Green, other first-timers with the U-18s include one-time Paris St-Germain academy midfielder and California native Piakai Henkel and Maryland native Jacori Hayes. MLS is represented by three Homegrown Players: Philadelphia's Zach Pfeffer, FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta and Chivas USA's Marco Delgado.
Here is the U.S. U-18 roster:
U.S. U-18 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Ethan Horvath (Unattached; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS: Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Suliaman Dainkeh (DC United Academy; Reston, Va.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC; Roanoke, Texas), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC Academy; Renton, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (CD Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Jacori Hayes (Baltimore Bays; Bowie, Md.), Piakai Henkel (Amiens FC; Arcata, Calif.), Kristian Scott (Stoke City, Winterbourne, England)
FORWARDS: Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake Arizona; Rochester, N.Y.), Paul Arriola (LA Galaxy; Chula Vista, Calif.), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.), Benjamin Lopez (Real Salt Lake Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Ben Spencer Jr. (CD Chivas USA; Albuquerque, N.M.), Travis Wannemuehler (Indiana Fire Academy; Evansville, Ind.)
What do you think of the roster? Excited at the prospects of a Bayern Munich youth player getting in on the U.S. youth level?
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