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(USA Today)   18-year old Bayern Munich prospect Julian Green chooses to play for the US over Germany in international play   (ftw.usatoday.com) divider line 30
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2014-03-19 03:55:25 PM
18-year-old Julian Green choosing America over Germany is big news for U.S. soccer fans

All 10 of them?
 
2014-03-19 04:35:57 PM
This is the most creative, imaginative, and hilarious headline I've ever seen on Fark.
 
2014-03-19 04:39:27 PM
Because he's a shoe-in for the German national team, right? Is that why it's weird?
 
2014-03-19 04:46:49 PM
I've seen a fair amount of this kid during Bayern's pre-season. He's pretty raw and misses his fair share of chances, but he's 18 and has pretty big potential if you ask me. He's also one of the few players who can play winger, attacking midfielder, or striker well. The U.S. doesn't really have a player like that who can stretch out play on the wings OR cut in and strike the ball.

This could end up being a big deal for Germany down the road but I seriously doubt it. Mario Gomez is injury prone these days and doesn't quite fit into the current Germany system, and Miroslav Klose can't play forever. I tip Max Kruse to be Germany's striker of the future, but I can be wrong. Julian Green had a chance to be a big fish in a big pond for the striker position if he lives up to his potential.

I think his dad had a lot to do with this. He used to follow me on Twitter (I'm kind of a big deal) and I know he's a massive US National Team fan.

Either way, it's one of the few times a player with a potentially large ceiling has chosen to play for the US. Could be big news, he may not live up to the hype. Time will tell, but I'm excited.
 
2014-03-19 04:54:31 PM
Could be a huge get... but then again, Freddy Adu picked the US too and Ghana got the last laugh on that one. Let's see him start burying shots for us first.
 
2014-03-19 05:01:08 PM

Gosling: Could be a huge get... but then again, Freddy Adu picked the US too and Ghana got the last laugh on that one. Let's see him start burying shots for us first.


Freddy Adu was a unique situation and it's never really been repeated. I don't really think it's relevant.
 
2014-03-19 05:13:37 PM

KaisertheCoyote: I've seen a fair amount of this kid during Bayern's pre-season. He's pretty raw and misses his fair share of chances, but he's 18 and has pretty big potential if you ask me. He's also one of the few players who can play winger, attacking midfielder, or striker well. The U.S. doesn't really have a player like that who can stretch out play on the wings OR cut in and strike the ball.

This could end up being a big deal for Germany down the road but I seriously doubt it. Mario Gomez is injury prone these days and doesn't quite fit into the current Germany system, and Miroslav Klose can't play forever. I tip Max Kruse to be Germany's striker of the future, but I can be wrong. Julian Green had a chance to be a big fish in a big pond for the striker position if he lives up to his potential.

I think his dad had a lot to do with this. He used to follow me on Twitter (I'm kind of a big deal) and I know he's a massive US National Team fan.

Either way, it's one of the few times a player with a potentially large ceiling has chosen to play for the US. Could be big news, he may not live up to the hype. Time will tell, but I'm excited.


Klose has played for 40 years and will play for 40 more.

What's your twitter handle?
 
2014-03-19 05:16:56 PM

Argyle82: KaisertheCoyote: I've seen a fair amount of this kid during Bayern's pre-season. He's pretty raw and misses his fair share of chances, but he's 18 and has pretty big potential if you ask me. He's also one of the few players who can play winger, attacking midfielder, or striker well. The U.S. doesn't really have a player like that who can stretch out play on the wings OR cut in and strike the ball.

This could end up being a big deal for Germany down the road but I seriously doubt it. Mario Gomez is injury prone these days and doesn't quite fit into the current Germany system, and Miroslav Klose can't play forever. I tip Max Kruse to be Germany's striker of the future, but I can be wrong. Julian Green had a chance to be a big fish in a big pond for the striker position if he lives up to his potential.

I think his dad had a lot to do with this. He used to follow me on Twitter (I'm kind of a big deal) and I know he's a massive US National Team fan.

Either way, it's one of the few times a player with a potentially large ceiling has chosen to play for the US. Could be big news, he may not live up to the hype. Time will tell, but I'm excited.

Klose has played for 40 years and will play for 40 more.

What's your twitter handle?


I tell myself that every single night before I go to sleep, but I'm not sure I believe it. :-(

It's @MatthewBuening.
 
2014-03-19 05:22:29 PM

KaisertheCoyote: I think his dad had a lot to do with this. He used to follow me on Twitter (I'm kind of a big deal)...


Maybe to your cats.
 
2014-03-19 05:24:56 PM

Kuta: KaisertheCoyote: I think his dad had a lot to do with this. He used to follow me on Twitter (I'm kind of a big deal)...

Maybe to your cats.


They think I'm cool.

Obviously joking about the whole big deal thing. I mostly just use Twitter to promote articles I write.
 
2014-03-19 05:37:31 PM
Indeed....one might say Bayern Munich is.....wait for it....Green with envy YYYYYYYYYYYYEAHHHHHHHHHHH
 
2014-03-19 06:12:39 PM

rickythepenguin: Indeed....one might say Bayern Munich is.....wait for it....Green with envy YYYYYYYYYYYYEAHHHHHHHHHHH


You forgot the sunglasses. Joke is ruined.
 
2014-03-19 06:13:00 PM
doesn't this usually come down to riding the bench for the germans or starting for the americans?
 
2014-03-19 06:16:12 PM
"18-year old Bayern Munich prospect Julian Green, who has no chance of ever playing for Germany, chooses to play for the US over Germany in international play"

FTFY
 
2014-03-19 06:16:33 PM

farbekrieg: doesn't this usually come down to riding the bench for the germans or starting for the americans?


I severely doubt he makes the 2014 WC squad. He'd be training for a while no matter what side he picked. But the US gives him a little bit better chance of making a roster in 2018.
 
2014-03-19 06:26:36 PM

KaisertheCoyote: He's also one of the few players who can play winger, attacking midfielder, or striker well. The U.S. doesn't really have a player like that who can stretch out play on the wings OR cut in and strike the ball.


I think the US has produced one of those pretty much ever.  Landycakes.
 
2014-03-19 06:50:02 PM

GQueue: KaisertheCoyote: He's also one of the few players who can play winger, attacking midfielder, or striker well. The U.S. doesn't really have a player like that who can stretch out play on the wings OR cut in and strike the ball.

I think the US has produced one of those pretty much ever.  Landycakes.


I still get the feeling Donovan is more of a #10 playing out wide. He's good at playing wide, but it's not where he's best.
 
2014-03-19 06:51:00 PM

KaisertheCoyote: I tip Max Kruse to be Germany's striker of the future, but I can be wrong. Julian Green had a chance to be a big fish in a big pond for the striker position if he lives up to his potential.


Isn't Schurrle a CF/striker type player? I thought only Chelsea has used him as a winger or attacking mid.
 
2014-03-19 06:54:22 PM
Serious question, if a young player is eligible for multiple national teams, what's to stop us from just throwing gobs of money at them to get cap-tied to us? Beyond finding gobs of money, of course.
 
2014-03-19 07:02:12 PM
The equivalent of Adnan Januzaj playing for Algeria.

Wouldn't get playing time for Belgium or England... so go with the lesser quality outfit.

Glad to have him aboard the squad though! Same with Johansson!
 
2014-03-19 07:21:30 PM

Killer Cars: KaisertheCoyote: I tip Max Kruse to be Germany's striker of the future, but I can be wrong. Julian Green had a chance to be a big fish in a big pond for the striker position if he lives up to his potential.

Isn't Schurrle a CF/striker type player? I thought only Chelsea has used him as a winger or attacking mid.


He's mostly used as a winger to be honest, but can play the CF/striker position. Honestly, I don't really know where Schurrle fits into Germany. If anyone other than Klose plays CF, it's most likely to be Mario Goetze in the next World Cup.

Kruse on the otherhand, while he can play winger, is a natural striker. I rate him higher than Schurrle, or at least think in the future he'll be a better player.
 
2014-03-19 07:27:41 PM

Argyle82: Klose has played for 40 years and will play for 40 more.


When his club career is over, Klose will still show up every 4 years and fit in as the perfect cog in the German machine.

Forever.
 
2014-03-19 08:03:57 PM

Gonz: Argyle82: Klose has played for 40 years and will play for 40 more.

When his club career is over, Klose will still show up every 4 years and fit in as the perfect cog in the German machine.

Forever.


They'll just keep him in cryo-freeze and thaw him out come every WC.
 
2014-03-19 08:19:46 PM
You could argue that its a safer decision than going the Giuseppi Rossi route, where you just miss the cut for one WC, a poorly timed injury for another and suddenly they're on to the next young prospect. There are no guarantees either way, but with the US he will probably have a solid shot at 4 WCs instead of 2.
 
2014-03-19 09:18:09 PM
And he is immediately better than Altidore
 
2014-03-20 05:46:38 AM

Palmer Eldritch: Serious question, if a young player is eligible for multiple national teams, what's to stop us from just throwing gobs of money at them to get cap-tied to us? Beyond finding gobs of money, of course.


None.

It's just about balancing the chance to win the most prestigious championship in the world vs money.
 
2014-03-20 08:00:42 AM

star_topology: The equivalent of Adnan Januzaj playing for Algeria.

Wouldn't get playing time for Belgium or England... so go with the lesser quality outfit.


He's Albanian and eligible for Kosovo (which isn't a full UEFA member).  Belgium would make sense since he was there for 16 years, England, not so much.

farbekrieg: doesn't this usually come down to riding the bench for the germans or starting for the americans?


Not starting, but yes, the right logic. There are plenty of examples across many sports where coaches have been successful with the leftovers.
 
2014-03-20 08:02:42 AM
In other USMNT news, they announced a friendly in Prague in September. I guess I will have to get one of those 50/50 supporter scarfs. Luckily it's only a friendly or I don't know what I would do.
 
2014-03-20 11:16:05 AM

Cajnik: star_topology: The equivalent of Adnan Januzaj playing for Algeria.

Wouldn't get playing time for Belgium or England... so go with the lesser quality outfit.


He's Albanian and eligible for Kosovo (which isn't a full UEFA member).  Belgium would make sense since he was there for 16 years, England, not so much.


He wouldn't even potentially be eligible for England until he's 22 or 23 I think as well.
 
2014-03-20 06:32:20 PM
Zelalem is another young prospect who could play for Germany or the US. Arsenal just tied him down with a club contract; I'd love to see him playing for the US team in the future.
 
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