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Julian Green

U.S. MNT Quote Sheet: Julian Green and Jermaine Jones


U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder JULIAN GREEN
On moving up a level and playing for the U.S. MNT:
“I’m very happy to be here. The World Cup is the biggest thing in football, so I’m very happy and it’s a great experience for a young player like me.”

On the first practice with the team:
“The first practice was in Frankfurt, and it was my first camp, so there wasn’t a decision if I play for the USA or for Germany. The first practice was just to know the team. And after the squad was out for the 30 men, I was thinking about the World Cup.”

On when he thought there was a good chance he could go to the World Cup:
“When I got on the 30-man squad, I was thinking, ‘Yeah, I have a chance. I will give everything in every training session.’ That’s the point where I was thinking, ‘Yeah I can do it.’”

On how his mentality changes as the Ghana game gets closer:
“It’s quite the same. We’re giving everything on the field. We need to practice very well and we’re all looking forward to the game.”

On players from the team who give him advice:
“Everybody wants to help me, and of course Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey are very, very near me, so they’re helping me. They help me on the training grounds where I have to go, what’s the better run or something.”

On how he’s feeling as the Ghana game gets closer:
“I’m very happy. I’m looking forward to the first World Cup game. I’m very excited.”

On how the speed of play on the U.S. MNT differs from Bayern Munich:
“Of course it’s a big jump, but for me it’s not that big because I train with the first team at Bayern, so it’s no different.”

On what kind of celebration to expect if he scores against Germany:
“I don’t want to talk about Germany. The first game is against Ghana and I’m focused on Ghana.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder JERMAINE JONES
On the focus being on Ghana:
“We know they’re a really physical team with a lot of good players. In training, we need to find rhythm and prepare for the system that Ghana plays. Everybody is ready to go and can’t wait until everything starts.”

On how his role changed for the Nigeria game:
“I think this game against Nigeria the coach tried to show us a little bit of African themes. Nigeria is, I would say, one of the most similar teams like Ghana. They’re physical and have good players, but every team is different when you play them, so you have to wait and look at how the game comes when we play against Ghana.”

On how his role changed from previous games:
“I would say especially the Nigeria game was a different position for me, but I like the position and it’s nice to play. I think everybody tried to help the team out. I know I can run a lot. I try always to make it back.”

On if he can make it forward more when Kyle Beckerman is next to him on the field:
“Yeah, of course. When you play more left and in front, Kyle’s the guy who stays to cover your back, so it’s easier to go in front.”

On if he was surprised that Jurgen Klinsmann tried new formations the past few months:
“I think it’s normal. The coach tries everything he wants to find out which is the best formation for this team. We try a lot of stuff. Sometimes it’s good if you do it and switch it and we have to play.”

On how the team and Klinsmann discuss their chances of advancing:
“We don’t talk about that. We are happy that we are at the World Cup and we want to look game to game and face everybody, and then we will see where we are. If people say outside that we don’t have a chance to go to the next round, we don’t talk about this type of stuff. It’s not important what the people outside say. It’s important what is inside the group. We know that we have a good group. The focus has to be game to game, and what do you want more than to play at a World Cup. And for a lot of people it’s the first one, so play the games and be happy you are at a World Cup.”

On the different environment and level in the UEFA Champions League:
“The Champions League is a tough tournament. You can say maybe the World Cup of the club teams, so the best teams with the best players. One mistake can be a goal, and it’s the same as the World Cup. You play Germany or Portugal and a mistake can finish the World Cup for you.”

On if he is worried about injuries as the first game gets closer:
“Yeah, it’s crazy how fast injuries come and we can be lucky that our team right now nobody is injured and we have everybody on board.”

On what would a successful World Cup be for the U.S.:
“You have favorite teams that play for the Cup and you have some teams that are underdogs and so we may be one of the underdogs. We watch game-to-game and want to see what happens.”

On the number of German-American players that made the final cut and how the dymanic has changed since:
“I would say before it is the same way it is now. I don’t think it’s important if it’s five German-American or only two German-American. We are part of the group and we have a good group and everything is good. Everybody’s happy to play this World Cup. It’s not a big deal if you are German-American or Icelandic-American or Norwegian-American. You are American and you try to make the best on the field.”

On what kind of celebration to expect if he scores against Germany:
“If I score against Germany, I will not celebrate. I think it’s in respect, and I grew up in this country. It gave me a lot. I had my first caps for the National Team in Germany. And I’m really happy that Jurgen gave me this chance, so I will not celebrate if I score. If somebody else scores, they can celebrate.”

On if the German-American players have assimilated into the group:
“In the group, it’s not a problem. Sometimes you can feel it from outside. The 100 percent American guys get more focus than the German-Americans, but we know how to handle that and sometimes it’s funny. It’s no problem for us.”

On how his mentality changes as the opening match approaches:
“As it gets closer to the first game you can feel that everybody tries to be more focused in training and the staff too, the coaches and everybody. We push and give 100 percent in every training that we do.”

On how confident the team feels after winning all three warm-up matches:
“A win is always good and gives you confidence. If you win and everybody’s in a good atmosphere, then you can go into the game against Ghana and you don’t have to be scared of something.”

On his relationship with Michael Bradley:
“It’s funny, me and Michael say, ‘He’s a brother from the other mother.’ We have a good relationship and I was close to his dad, Bob Bradley too, so it’s really good. We understand each other and if somebody has a problem, we can talk about it. It’s a good friendship.”

On Klinsmann’s positivity:
“He always tries to be positive and to look in front of you no matter what happens, like if we lose a game in a qualifier. He always tries to push the team and that is what you need. We have a young team and sometimes teams need that.”

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