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US national team, World Cup player profile: Julian Green

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Well, well, here’s an interesting topic. We’ve come to the man who may have put Landon Donovan out of a job in Brazil. Just 18 years old, Green is an enigma in the national team squad.

Green earned his first US cap in the April friendly against Mexico, and with very little for the American public to have seen of the teenager, he remains a complete unknown to most of the country.

The youngster was born in Florida, but has lived in Germany since he was two years old, making him eligible for both countries.  Playing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, he made his senior debut for the club in the Champions League last fall, but has yet to earn any serious time, mostly playing for the club’s U-21 side.

He played for the German youth system and saw interest from the senior side, but when Jurgen Klinsmann made a very serious push for his services, Green made waves internationally by submitting a one-time switch to FIFA, making him eligible for the United States and no longer for Germany.

Read anything on the kid and it will tell you he’s fast, skillful, and fearless. But until we have more of a sample size, he remains a prospect and nothing more.

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Full name: Julian Wesley Green

Age: 18

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Position: Forward, Winger

Caps/goals: 1/0

Club: Bayern Munich

Best moment in a US shirt: Since Green only has one senior cap to his name, we’re going to go a bit of a different route here.  Green’s best moment in a US shirt will be the moment he points to as the turning point in his international situation.  Klinsmann invited Green to participate in a USMNT camp in Frankfurt, Germany ahead of the friendly with Ukraine in March. According to Green, that’s where he made his decision, as the team welcomed him with open arms.  Clint Dempsey gave him a US jersey, and the entire squad made him feel at home.  Soon after, Green filed his one-time switch paperwork, and he was a United States player.

Starter or squad player at the World Cup? Just like his abilities, how he will be used in Brazil is also a bit of a mystery. It’s hard to imagine Jurgen Klinsmann would replace Landon Donovan with a guy who will ride the bench, but at this point it’s hard to see Green getting significant time ahead of the already established wingers, and in a completely new environment, the 18-year-old has much to prove before he earns minutes on the world’s biggest stage.

VIDEO: T&T women’s team gives away one of the most bizarre PKs

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Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.

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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.

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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.

Bundesliga to go ahead with video replay tests over two years

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, a Hawk-Eye camera is set up at Toyota stadium in Toyota. For the first time at a World Cup, technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line during matches at the upcoming tournament in Brazil. With vanishing spray also being used to prevent encroachment by defenders making up a wall during free kicks, officials at the highest level of the world’s most popular sport are finally getting some assistance. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.

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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.

The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”

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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.

West Ham extend Payet’s contract in “enormous show of faith”

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring while soap bubbles are blown during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.

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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.

“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”

Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.

VIDEO: Dele Alli’s magnificent juggling goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon

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Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?

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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.

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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.