March 18, 2014

Expanding your bench

Julian Green, new guy
I'm a big soccer fan, and especially of the U.S. Men's National Team. So, I was excited to see the news that star prospect Julian Green had decided to play for the USA. Green has an American father and a German mother. He was born in the U.S. but grew up in Germany and has played for the German youth teams.

Green is a top prospect in European soccer, playing for one of the world's top teams: Bayern Munich. Getting him to switch to the US – a move allowed because of his dual citizenship – was a huge coup for the US. How did they do it?

“I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I’m very proud to be representing the United States. … A big part of the decision was the experience I had in Frankfurt [during a U.S. camp early this month]. All the players were super nice and welcomed me from the beginning. Clint Dempsey gave me a jersey with my name on it, and the way they supported me gave me a lot of belief. The coaches have shown a lot of trust in me, and now I hope to do everything I can to earn a spot on the World Cup roster.”
They were nice.

They were welcoming.

They gave gifts.

They showed respect.

They gave him a chance to prove himself.

Not a bad strategy!