USMNT: 18-year-old Bayern Munich prospect Julian Green will not attend November camp
AMSTERDAM – Bayern Munich II attacking sensation Julian Green will not be attending US national team camp in November after all, instead remaining with the treble holders' reserve team to build on the form that has him tied atop the league scoring chart.
The 18-year-old winger, who sometimes operates as a "false No. 9" center forward with the Regionalliga Bayern side, has bagged 15 goals in as many games this season. According to his management, the recently capped Germany youth international is still considering whether or not to dabble with a situation that would require him to make a one-time FIFA allegiance switch to play for the USMNT.
"It is correct that Jurgen Klinsmann has nominated Julian for the November matches, but he did not accept the call-up," Green rep Katharina Schrott told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. "He hasn't made a final decision yet.
"Of course, it is a great honor for him to have the choice between two national teams and he was very proud of the nomination. But he needs more time to think about this important topic."
On Monday afternoon, US boss Jurgen Klinsmann showed public support for Green's deliberations.
"We are going to give Julian an opportunity to breathe," he stated on U.S. Soccer's website. "All of these conversations and attention can be a bit overwhelming for a young player, so we decided to take the foot off the pedal and let him focus on his work at Bayern.
"We had a great conversation. He’s a mature young man and he clearly has a bright future. I told him that when the time is right, the door is wide open."
Green's next fourth-division assignment for Bayern II comes with Saturday's visit from Würzburger Kickers.