Julian Green wouldn’t play for Germany? The German Federation isn’t so sure

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I’m sure you’ve already read this elsewhere: Julian Green wouldn’t get a sniff of the German national team. That has to be why he’s switching, right? The 18-year-old, Tampa, Fla.-born winger started the process of changing his international affiliation from Germany to the United States, but if he could have made the strong, more highly regarded German team, we would have remained with the Nationalmannschaft, right?

After Green completes his one-time shift, that question will forever remain a hypothetical, but if the actions of the German federation are any indication, Green had some sort of future with its national team. At least, that would explain why Germany head coach Joachim Löw tried to keep the Bayern Munich attacker in the fold.

From Major League Soccer’s website:

AMSTERDAM – A representative from the German soccer federation told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday that although Germany lost out on the international services of Bayern Munich II hotshot Julian Green, the Germans certainly did not go down without a fight …

As it turns out, the staff of Germany senior side boss Joachim Löw was in contact with Green up until the final decision was made.

“We also were in contact with Julian Green,” Germany national team communications director Ralf Köttker told MLSsoccer.com. “[Löw’s assistant coach] Hansi Flick (above, left) had a personal conversation with him …”

The counterpoint here is that Germany wouldn’t want to lose anybody. Why give up on a player when you can keep him under your umbrella, even if he doesn’t play?

Still, we didn’t hear these stories when the litany of other Germans switched to the U.S. Maybe it’s because Green’s so young, maybe it’s because we’re paying more attention, or maybe it’s because he has a better chance of having an impact at the senior level. For whatever reason, Germany didn’t want Green to switch. Jurgen Klinsmann still managed to get him in the fold.

(MORE: Trust in Jurgen Klinsmann on display in U.S. soccer’s Julian Green fever)

Green’s application to switch to the United States is expected to be resolved over the next two weeks. He could make his first appliance for the senior national team Apr. 2 against Mexico.

Men in Blazers: Jurgen Klopp talks loss of Coutinho and more

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Roger Bennett talks with manager Jurgen Klopp about revolutionizing Liverpool, his Greatest Show on Turf-esque offense, the loss of Philippe Coutinho and how he keeps football in perspective.

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MLS: Higuain extends with Crew, Royer gets new deal with Red Bulls

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Two key midfielders earned new deals on Thursday, as two of the Eastern Conference’s recent successes helped solidify for their attacks for the next few years.

The Columbus Crew extended Designated Player attacker Federico Higuain through the 2019 MLS season.

Higuain has been with the Crew since 2012, when the Argentine joined the club from Colon de Santa Fe in his native country.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls extended Daniel Royer’s contract, as the Austrian winger in the midst of his third season with Jesse Marsch’s group.

Thus far, Royer has tallied 17 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls, including 15 during the 2017 campaign, where the former Midtjylland player finished second on the team in goals behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.

UEL: Griezmann nabs crucial away goal vs. Arsenal, Marseille cruises

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A game of back-and-forth at the Emirates Stadium set up an enticing second leg in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, while a Ligue 1 side positioned itself well to move into the final.

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Arsenal and Atletico Madrid settled for a 1-1 draw in London, as Antoine Griezmann’s late strike leveled the match for the Spanish side.

The Gunners looked on their way to a victory when Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal just beyond the hour mark put Arsene Wenger‘s men in front.

The result sets up a strong showdown for the two giants in a week’s time, although Arsenal will feel it left something on the table after racking up 26 shots (seven on target) on the day, particularly after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after 10 minutes for the visitors when he picked up a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie gave Marseille a 2-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig, giving the French side the edge it sought out ahead of the competition finale.

The two clubs will meet again at Red Bull Arena Salzburg for the second leg.


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Europa League, LIVE: Arsenal, Marseille host first legs

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Diego Costa brings a solid career record against Arsenal back to London in a bid to ruin Arsene Wenger‘s farewell season at the Emirates Stadium.

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The now-Atletico Madrid forward returns to England on Thursday as his La Liga outfit aims to stop Arsenal from reaching next month’s Europa League Final in Lyon.

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That’s a 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff, the same as Marseille’s date with Red Bull Salzburg in France.

ARSENAL-ATLETICO MADRID LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Welbeck, Ozil, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Chambers, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Nketiah.

Atleti: Oblak, Lucas, Godin, Gimenez, Vrsaljko, Saul, Thomas, Koke, Correa, Griezmann, Gameiro. Subs: Werner, Savic, Gabi, Vitolo, Olabe, Torres, Costa.