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Julian Green to train with U.S. team before Ukraine friendly

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Klinsmann gets his man, but what does Julian Green's decision mean for USA?
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Klinsmann gets his man, but what does Julian Green's decision mean for USA?

The U.S. national team's courtship of Julian Green has kicked up a few notches, and the young Bayern Munich prospect appears ready to reciprocate.

Green will join the U.S. team for two days of training in Frankfurt, Germany prior to the team's friendly against Ukraine on March 5, U.S. Soccer confirmed to Goal USA on Friday evening. The 18-year-old forward will spend March 2 and 3 training with the team as it prepares for the friendly, but he will not participate in the match.

Green, who was born in the United States and is the son of an American serviceman and German mother, will not play in the friendly because in order to play in the match he would have to file a one-time switch of Association due to the fact he has previously represented Germany on the youth level. At present, Green is not in the process of filing for a one-time switch.

By training with the team, Green will have a chance to see how he likes the U.S. national team setup, and how he fits into the group. Klinsmann has used this same approach to help recruit dual nationals in the past, such as Aron Johannsson and John Brooks, though Brooks is still not cap-tied to the U.S. team.

Green has made waves after breaking into the Bayern Munich first team to make a cameo apeparance in a Champions League match last November. A highly-regarded prospect who previously turned down a call-up from Jurgen Klinsmann in November, Green has had a change of heart in terms of being willing to join the team for training even though he cannot play in a game yet.

Green is eligible to play for the United States and Germany, but has yet to play for either on the senior level.

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