|Julian Green, new guy|
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!