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Bayern Munich starlet Green pledges allegiance to USA

USA national team boss Juergen Klinsmann was pleased to announce that Julian Green has pledged his allegiance to the country.

The 18-year old Bayern Munich winger was born in Florida but moved to Germany as a two-year old with his American father and German mother.

Green has spent his entire playing career in Germany, joining Bayern's youth academy in 2010, before joining the senior ranks of the Bavarian giants in 2013.

After playing for the Germans at U16, U17 and U19 level - as well as the US U18s - Green was called into Klinsmann's roster ahead of the March 5 friendly with Ukraine and has since opted to represent the country of his birth at senior level.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Julian has chosen to be a part of the US national team programs," Klinsmann said in a US Soccer statement.

"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."

This season, Green has scored 15 goals in 21 appearances for Bayern's reserves in the Regionalliga which is Germany's fourth tier of football.

Green, who made the Bayern bench for a Bundesliga fixture in November, was thrilled to commit himself to the US cause as he strives to make the roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"A big part of the decision was the experience I had in Frankfurt," Green said in a statement.

"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."

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