Two years ago, Fabian Johnson was starting for Germany in the final of the European Under-21 Championship alongside such future stars as Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira and Manuel Neuer.
On Friday, the 23-year-old midfielder could make his debut for the US national team in an exhibition game at France.
''I didn't decide, really,'' Johnson said Thursday. ''Jurgen called me and asked me, could I imagine to play for the US? I wanted to take this chance.''
That would be Jurgen Klinsmann, the former Germany national team star and coach, who replaced Bob Bradley as coach of the U.S. team in late July.
Since taking over, Klinsmann has added three German-Americans to the player pool. Midfielder Danny Williams, Johnson's Hoffenheim teammate, made his debut against Honduras last month just eight days after acquiring a US passport. Hertha Berlin defender Alfredo Morales, like Johnson, could make his first US appearance Friday night at Stade de France outside Paris.
They join two German-American...