BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, March 24, 2014
Julian Green has had his change of association switch approved by FIFA and is now eligible immediately to play for the United States internationally.
Sunil Gulati broke the news on Monday morning on his official twitter page.
Green, 18, was born in Tampa to a German mother and an American father. At the age of two he moved back to Germany and developed into an elite young player. He joined Bayern Munich in his teenage years and is currently the leading scorer on the club's U-23 team and has signed a professional contract with the reigning Champions League holders.
Internationally Green has played for both U.S. and German youth national teams. His American debut came in 2012 with the U-18 national team where he scored a goal against Holland in a friendly. Last fall, however, he played for Germany's U19 team in an official youth European qualifier. By virtue of playing in that game, for him to change to the United States, he would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA.
U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann originally intended for Green to train with the national team in November but the teenager withdrew before the start of camp citing an unwillingness to commit at that time.
The breakthrough came earlier this month with Green agreed to train with the national team ahead of its friendly against Ukraine. Last week, Green announced his switch and today it was approved.
Green has already been given permission by Bayern Munich to play with the United States next week for its friendly against Mexico in Arizona. European clubs are generally not required to release players for friendlies not on FIFA international dates.