Bayern Munich wonderkid named to first US national squad

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Green is set for his debut
Green is set for his debut.

Ahead of next week's friendly against Mexico, the US national team has announced the 22-man squad for the fixture.

And, as expected, there is just one European-based player named, highly sought after Bayern Munich prodigy Julian Green.

Green had been at the center of a tug-of-war between the US and Germany over who he should represent at senior level.

But with FIFA earlier this week having cleared the 18-year old to play for the country of his birth head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks set to put an end to the debate.

The Mexico fixture represents the last opportunity for players to stake their claim for a World Cup roster spot prior they gather for the pre-tournament training camp and Klinsmann is aware there isn't much time for players to make an impression:

"Everyone know the clock is ticking.

"This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case. We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track.

"They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil," said the ex-Spurs striker turned national coach.

None more so that Green who has starred this season for Bayern Munich II.

Alongside Green, two players link up with the national team from the Mexican league, Demarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco:

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake);

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla, Mexico), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders);

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City);

Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, Germany), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

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