On the Record
Here's What People Are Saying About Julian Green
June 03, 2014
On September 11, Green notched his first goal for the U.S. in an U-18 friendly, a 4-2 win against the Netherlands. USSoccer.com reported on the game: “Ten minutes from full-time, U.S. midfielder Julian Green—a product of Bayern Munich’s academy in Germany—displayed some individual skill as he created space from the defense by slashing into the right corner of the penalty box before placing a well-struck, curling ball into the far corner of the goal for the U-18 MNT’s fourth goal of the match.” Green’s scoring streak continued throughout the 2012-2013 campaign, as he put away 10 goals for Bayern’s under 19s, adding six assists. Following its historic treble-winning season, Bayern Munich’s senior squad had a new look going into 2013-14, with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola replacing Jupp Heynckes at the helm of the club. In a pre-season friendly against Fanclub Wildenau—Guardiola’s first game in charge—Green scored a hat-trick for Bayern. It was a 15-1 demolition of Wildenau, in the annual FC Bayern Dream Game.
US U18 coach Javier Perez releases roster for games vs. Holland. As noted, Bayern Munich's Julian Green is included http://t.co/ZuukpU3T— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 5, 2012
Included in a week-long training session with Bayern’s first team in July 2013, Green spoke about Guardiola’s early influence in quotes that appeared on the club’s official Website: “He approaches us, praises us, and makes corrections, so it's superb,” he said, before adding that Bayern’s first-team stars “are really welcoming and help us whenever they can.” During the first 15 games of the Regionalliga Bayern—Germany’s fourth tier of professional football—Green appeared in 12 fixtures, scoring 11 goals and setting up a further three.
The Julian Green train is picking up steam. The German-American was promoted to the Bayern Munich reserves. http://t.co/TE449bNvex— Stars and Stripes FC (@StarsStripesFC) July 2, 2013
By February, Green had accepted another invitation to join up with the U.S. for a training camp in Frankfurt, ahead of a March 5 friendly against the Ukraine. However, until he filed paperwork with FIFA, declaring his allegiance to either the U.S. or Germany, Green would not be permitted a senior debut. “He is not eligible to play in the friendly against Ukraine," U.S. men’s national team press officer Michael Kammarman told MLSsoccer.com. "He would not be able to play for us until he completes a onetime switch with FIFA.” By March 18, there were rumours that Green would soon confirm his future with the U.S.
Julian Green's had quite a nice start to the 2013-2014 season. First, a CL appearance, now a spot on 23-man roster for Club WC.— Mathew Wagner (@Mathew_Wagner) December 11, 2013
“We are absolutely thrilled that Julian Green has chosen to be a part of the U.S. National Team Programs!"— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) March 18, 2014
In what has been perhaps Green’s biggest endorsement yet—senior Bayern players Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger described their young teammate on March 19: “He’s got great potential, so I think you can be happy about the fact he chose to play for the United States,” Robben told SI.com. “He’s a great talent. He already trained with [Bayern’s first team] several times, and you can see he has potential. He’s quick, he’s got very good dribbling, and can score goals.” Schweinsteiger added: “First, I think he has a good personality. That’s for me always important. And second he’s very quick—without the ball and with the ball. He plays a little bit like me. I’m not as quick as him, but at the beginning of my career I was playing on the left side outside, like his position now, and would come in and shoot with the right foot. And he’s done that a lot of times. OK, he’s young, but he’s fresh and dynamic. It’s good for the United States now, absolutely.” On March 24, Jerry Green revealed what made his son opt for the U.S. telling USAtoday.com: “With Klinsy, here’s someone Julian identifies with. Klinsy played for Munich, he coached the German national team, on and on and on. He’s won a World Cup. I know there’s a part of Julian that is German, and a part of him thinks, ‘Maybe I should stay and play [for Germany.]‘ But I also believe that there’s a feeling, like a substitution of that, and that is the presence of Klinsmann. “In a sense, he’s not playing in Germany, but the leadership that he is looking to for coaching and guidance — they are German. And I think that whole unique situation there is what ultimately won out.”
Truth is few of us have yet seen much of Julian Green. But if Jurgen Klinsmann says he is " special talent " , it's big recommendation.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) March 19, 2014
On April 2, Green made his debut for the U.S. men’s senior team, in a friendly played against Mexico in front of 59,000 spectators at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Green, who replaced Brad Davis in the 59th minute, received mixed reviews.
FIFA approves Bayern Munich forward Julian Green's switch to US from Germany http://t.co/DUrBQWxYL2— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) March 25, 2014
We put forth a solid effort. Really proud of the #USMNT. And congrats to Julian Green on his first cap!— Omar Gonzalez (@Omar4Gonzalez) April 3, 2014
Its been less than 10 minutes, but Julian Green looks like a boy playing a man's game.— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) April 3, 2014
Hold up a sec. Landon Donovan is not good enough for the US in Brazil, but Julian Green is? Okay, bro.— Randall Hauk (@odroku) May 22, 2014
Don't know why people are having a go at Julian Green. You're supposed to take a wildcard. You're also supposed to take your best player...— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) May 22, 2014
Julian Green better have one hell of a World Cup. That kid doesn't deserve a spot. Hope he proves me wrong.— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) May 22, 2014
Klinsmann was at pains to point out that he would not be drawn into comparisons between Donovan and Green. On May 26 he was quoted as saying on Goal.com: “We played, over the last 10 days, a lot of small side games, very competitive games and games that you can’t hide. Julian didn’t hide, not even one second. There was never a comparison [to Donovan] because he’s just different [Green] brings a different element to the game, and we are excited about it.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhzedVXQnkY Since then, Green has appeared in one more friendly for the U.S.—Sunday's 2-1 win against Turkey.
So yes to Julian Green, no to Landon Donovan. If Klinsmann’s going down, he’s going down boldly.— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikLAT) May 23, 2014
Julian Green is just out of his depth. Really hard to say otherwise #USMNT— Seth Vertelney (@svertgoalcom) June 1, 2014
Julian Green has now played as many times for his country as his club— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 1, 2014
Yet to play in the Bundesliga and with a market value of just €500,000, Green is about as raw as they come. Perhaps the unproven teenager will be one of the success stories of the tournament, or maybe his inclusion is simply a nod to the future—with Klinsmann’s thoughts already turned to 2018. Whatever the outcome, stay tuned. This is going to be one hell of a story. What do you think of Laura Greene's On the Record series? And how do you feel about Julian Green's inclusion on the roster? Share your thoughts below.
I really want to like Julian Green. I really do.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 1, 2014