Julian Green has set his sights on two fronts ahead of the 2014-15 season. First negotiate his way into the plans of Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola, and then 'become the future of the USMNT'.
The young midfielder announced himself to his adopted nation with a goal in the States' 2-1 defeat to Belgium in this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup, a feat achieved before playing a single competitive league game for his club side Bayern Munich.
But such is the confidence of the 19-year-old, he has set about gaining first team football this season with the reigning Bundesliga champions:
"I'm not thinking about a loan," Green explained this week.
"Right now I'm playing for Bayern Munich, and I'm happy about that. I want to stay.
"I just want to show the coach and the team that I can help them. If I get my chance, I'll my best. I'm waiting for my chance," the youngster continued.
Making a name for himself
Few people outside of Bavaria knew much about Julian Green until a few months back. Since then they young German-born star has rocketed up the agenda both in Europe and most noticeably in the United States, the nation he chose to represent courtesy of an American father.
Green and Bayern are currently in the United States as part of their preseason preparations, and it is expected that the player will get increased game time in front of the US crowds.
Whether that translates into the competitive sphere remains to be seen what with Bayern boasting one of the best squads in world football at present. But it certainly looks like Green is up for the challenge of going up against the likes of Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Mario Gotze.
After a breakout performance at the World Cup his confidence couldn't be higher.
On the subject of his international future, Julian Green remained in ambitious mood after what has been a whirlwind start to life at the top table of world football:
"I just want to try my best with the national team."
"I'm happy to be a part of this team. Of course. I want to be the future of the US men's national team. But it's all about me. I have to score goals and be good on the field."
After being named as a surprise selection for the USMNT World Cup roster by Jurgen Klinsmann back in May, Green became the youngest scorer of a World Cup goal in the nations history when he connected with a Michael Bradley through ball to halve the deficit versus Belgium in the round of 16 contest in Brazil.
Green was amongst a host of talented young players who were pivotal to the US squad, and he spoke of his hope that Klinsmann will continue to give youth a chance in the future:
"I think it's very important to give the young guys a chance to play.
"I think we did a good job - me or DeAndre Yedlin or John Anthony Brooks. We have a lot of young, good players, and I'm looking forward to playing with them."
It certainly looks like Julian Green is set for a big future in the game if he can kick on from his summer success. Judging by his most recent comments it doesn't look like he is planning on wasting anytime going about it either.
An impressive performance for Bayern Munich in their upcoming clash against the MLS All-Stars will do his chances - at club and international level - no harm at all.
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