By CAITLIN MURRAY
It is now official: Julian Green can play for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
FIFA has approved Green’s change of association application, making him eligible to play for USMNT immediately, according to a tweet by U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati. The approval clears the way for Green to make his debut for the USMNT when they play Mexico April 2 in Arizona.
Green had filed a one-time switch last week, choosing to play for the U.S. instead of Germany, where he grew up. Green, an 18-year-old winger who made his Bayern Munich debut earlier this season, had trained with the USMNT and was courted heavily by U.S. Soccer in recent months to make the switch.
“We are obviously thrilled,” USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “We appreciate FIFA’s effort in getting his paperwork approved, and are excited to have him on board for the game against Mexico on April 2.”
Since 2009, FIFA has allowed a one-time change in national team affiliation for players who had previously played for a different national team in unofficial matches or in youth national team competitions if they held dual citizenship. Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson are other current U.S. Men’s National Team players to successfully file one-time switch applications.
What do you think of this development? Excited to see what Green can do with the USMNT? Hoping he starts against Mexico? Think he has a realistic chance of making the U.S. World Cup team?
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