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FIFA Approves Green’s Switch To Team USA From Germany

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Bayern Munich's Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola (from L) speaks with Patrick Weihrauch, Alessandro Schoepf and Julian Green dueing the pre-season football match Hansa Rostock vs FC Bayern Munich on July 14, 2013 in Rostock, northern Germany. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich’s Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola (from L) speaks with Patrick Weihrauch, Alessandro Schoepf and Julian Green dueing the pre-season football match Hansa Rostock vs FC Bayern Munich on July 14, 2013 in Rostock, northern Germany. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Julian Green’s change of national association to the United States from Germany has been approved by FIFA.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the decision on Monday, six days after Green applied for the switch.

The 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward, who was born in Tampa, Fla., played for Germany in three qualifiers for the 2014 European Under-19 Championship, making his debut last Oct. 10 against Belarus.

He made his professional debut for Bayern on Nov. 27 as an 88th-minute substitute in a Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.

Green is eligible to make his U.S. debut in the April 2 exhibition against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says “We are obviously thrilled.”

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