The end of an age for Landon Donovan on the USA Men’s National Team gave way to a newer name many people have never heard of. At 18 years old, Bayern München’s Julian Green is the most gifted player USA has had in the past 20 years. Born in Florida to an American father and a German mother, Green moved to Florida at the age of two. That being said, Green has a dual citizenship, and he elected to stay with his home country, rather than Germany.
In his first season with Bayern München, Green played for the reserve team and he scored 15 goals in 23 games. His season ultimately earned him a call-up for the professional team. Green seems to be coming into his own at the perfect time, just weeks before the World Cup starts. Although USA is in arguably the best group of the whole tournament, the offensive trio of Green, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore isn’t that bad. These three players would most likely be backups on Germany’s squad, but if they learn to mesh well, this USA team could pull off an upset.
Cutting Donovan opened up a roster spot for Green and many US fans will ridicule Green throughout the tournament. Emulating Donovan and his production will be a tough task, considering he scored the most famous goal in World Cup history for the US, but Green has all of the tools to be the next big thing in the US. There may be some growing pains with Green because he is 18, but with some seasoning against world-renowned squads like Germany and Ghana, Green has all of the makings to be the best professional soccer player to ever grace the USA jersey.