Striking phenom Julian Green may not have his international future decided, but the 18-year-old German-American is in the Match Day 18 made his senior debut for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League match-up with CSKA Moscow this afternoon when he subbed on for Mario Gotze in the 88th minute.
The attacker found a spot in the lineup after an injury to Mario Mandzukic. Green has been red-hot for the club’s reserves with 15 goals in 18 matches. This after scoring consecutive hat tricks in preseason friendlies for the senior team.
Green was born in Tampa, Fla., and is the son of a German mother and American serviceman. He has represented the US at the Under-18 level and Germany at the Under-19 level. Though he turned down Klinsmann’s offer to train with the national team ahead of the friendlies with Scotland and Austria in order to stay with the Germany U-19s, Green is said to be open to US coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s overtures.
As Mike Prindiville wrote earlier this month, Klinsmann is saying all the right things in regards to Green’s choices.
“We are going to give Julian an opportunity to breathe. All of these conversations and attention can be a bit overwhelming for a young player, so we decided to take the foot off the pedal and let him focus on his work at Bayern. We had a great conversation. He’s a mature young man and he clearly has a bright future. I told him that when the time is right, the door is wide open.”