UPDATE: US Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati announced through twitter that Julian Green's change of association is complete and he is available to play for the USMNT against Mexico on April 2nd.
Bayern Munich forward Julian Green can now add another title, USMNT soccer player. Green officially announced on Tuesday that he is going ahead with FIFA's official change of association from Germany to the United States.
"Obviously this was a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family," Green said. "I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I'm very proud to be representing the United States. A big part of the decision was the experience I had in Frankfurt. All the players were super nice and welcomed me from the beginning. Clint Dempsey gave me a jersey with my name on it, and the way they supported me gave me a lot of belief. The coaches have shown a lot of trust in me, and now I hope to do everything I can to earn a spot on the World Cup roster."
Green holds US citizenship through his father, who lives in the Tampa area. Green's father tweeted earlier today: I am more than pleased that my son, Julian Green, will practice & play with USMNT against Mexico! The 1st step of many...#WARUSMNT #USMNT
Whether or not Green's residency switch is done in time for the April 2nd friendly along with USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann's plans for Green will wait. In a statement, Klinsmann thanked Green's club Bayern Munich for helping move the process along and allowing Green to train with the USMNT in Frankfurt prior to the Ukraine friendly and again later this month in Phoenix.
"We are absolutely thrilled that Julian has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs," Klinsmann said. "As we have said, he is a very special talent. We wanted him to feel comfortable with our program and listen to his heart when making this decision. I personally want to thank Kalle Rummenigge and everyone at Bayern Munich for their support through this process. He is an exciting player with a tremendously bright future."