The U.S. National Soccer team is getting ready for World Cup, and they now have a commitment from one big player out of Germany. On March 18, Goal.com reported that Julian Green made a commitment to play with the U.S. National team for World Cup. He currently plays for Bayern Munich, but he does not want to play with Germany during the big soccer tournament.
Why the decision to play with the U.S. team instead? Green was born in Florida, and his father still lives there. Green said the following about his decision, according to Goal.com:
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.
This move is a one time switch, and Green play in a friendly with Mexico in Arizona on April 2. Jürgen Klinsmann confirmed the move on his Twitter on Wednesday as well. Green still has to earn a spot on the World Cup roster.
Green will be a welcome addition to the team though. The U.S. national team has had some big issues in recent matches. Their last match against Ukraine resulted in 2-0 loss, according to Goal.com. Jozy Altdore and Clint Dempsey have been top performers for the team in the past, but they have both had problems lately. Dempsey's problems are being blamed on his age, and Altdore's issues are blamed on lack of confidence.
These are not the only areas of concern for the U.S. team though. Green coming in will help the team on their front line, but he does need to earn his spot first.
What do you think? Will Green help the U.S. national team? How do you think the team looks now as spring begins?