Julian Green may have only made a three minute appearance for Bayern Munich's first team, but the 18 year old is officially heading to the World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann announced his squad today, and the FC Bayern II winger joins the long list of Bayern players that will be representing their countries in Brazil this summer.
Green being named to the 23 man squad is somewhat surprising due to his inexperience, but most assumed he was "promised" a spot when he decided to play for the USA now instead of waiting for a potential Germany call-up. Even if he doesn't play a minute at the World Cup, the experience that Green will pick up from being at the event will be worth it for him.
The biggest shocker on the squad was the fact that Klinsmann decided against bringing Landon Donovan to Brazil. The 32 year old has clearly not been up to his regular superb form early in this MLS season, but it was assumed that he would still make the squad at least as a spark off the bench. The team is now moving forward without easily their best player of the last decade.
The Bundesliga is well represented in the squad with John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Chandler (Nürnberg), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), and Green (Bayern Munich) making the list. The team also features two former Bundesliga players in Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones.
Congratulations to Julian. Hopefully, he takes advantage of this opportunity to grow as a player.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski