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Bayern Munich prodigy, Julian Green, chooses USA World Cup dream

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In recent times there have been growing calls from US soccer fans to include Bayern Munich starlet Julian Green in the national team set-up in time for the World Cup in Brazil.

And now, after the German champions today accepted Jurgen Klinsmann's request for the 18-year old to train with Team USA ahead of an April 2 friendly against Mexico, it looks like the player himself is ready to commit to the nation of his birth.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, the youngster was asked if he had ambitions to be on the plane to Brazil wearing the colors of the United States:

"Yes, I think so.

"If I can play a World Cup at 18 years old, it would be great, amazing. But I have to train hard," he explained.

And his potential national team coach is excited about the prospect also:

"We have this big hope that he will, down the road, choose his path with the United States instead of with Germany," he said recently.

Green was born in Florida to an American father and a German mother, but moved to the European nation at the age of two.

Since then he has played his football solely in Germany, linking up with the Champions League holders in 2010.

He made his début for Bayern in a November 2013 Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow and was also a late call-up for the team's FIFA Club World Cup squad.

Despite his limited opportunities at first team level, Green has impressed this season for Bayern Munich II, scoring 15 goals in 21 appearances.

And his dual eligibility has led to both Germany and the USA seeking to secure his services.

Green has represented Germany at various youth levels to date, but trained with Jurgen Klinsmann's side in the run up to Team USA's recent friendly against the Ukraine.

This recent development however is the strongest sign yet that the talented winger will commit to the U.S.

What do you think? Is Green worth a gamble for the U.S?

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