On the same day that Grant Wahl reported that Bayern Munich II youngster Julian Green would join the USMNT for training in Arizona, the U.S. Soccer Federation officially announced that Green has filed a one time switch away from Germany. The announcement created quite a buzz for many who have heard his name and know he is linked to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. However, many have not seen him play and have only gone on talk. His promise is enough to be happy about, but the hype needs to have a limit.
With the news, many fans think that Green is automatically on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup. He plays on the left wing at the moment and would be the only true player in that role on the roster. This would push Landon Donovan to the right and put Graham Zusi or Alejandro Bedoya on the bench. That position has been occupied by Fabian Johnson of late. Still, it would be good to see him play under Jurgen Klinsmann and get a better understanding of what the coach’s expectations are for the 18-year-old winger.
There are those asking for the hype to be slowed, comparing Green to Terrence Boyd, who also had little top tier experience when he was tied to the USMNT. Green has had more youth national team experience compared to Boyd, and is younger than Boyd was when he transitioned to the senior club. When breaking down the comparison, the two seem very similar in their stage of development when they were first integrated into the USMNT.
With hindsight being what it is, fans can say that Green has exceeded expectations at every level. Analysts can forecast what Green will become, and he may be a big part of plans for the Olympics and the next World Cup. He is not a savior though. He is someone to bring optimism.
He’s simply a top prospect we’re all happy he chose to represent the USA.
— Üsry (@RobUsry) March 18, 2014
Green is a speedy winger who has been deciding for 18 months between Germany and the U.S. He has represented Germany at the youth level, so he was still not cap tied to the country. Green trained along side the U.S. National Team in Frankfurt prior to their match against the Ukraine earlier this month. He stated he felt very welcome and captain Clint Dempsey gave him a personalized jersey.
Hopefully, the FIFA one time switch will go through prior to the Apr. 2 friendly against Mexico, but that may be asking a lot. It would be good for all of us to see him play before we anoint him the best player around. It is good to have him in the player pool, but he is currently playing in a league, Regionalliga Bayern, that is one step below where Preston Zimmerman played last year. Be happy Green has committed, but wait to put him on a pedestal.