Remember Julian Green? The 19-year-old phenom who scored against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup to give the United States a prayer in the game’s final seconds?
He may have fallen off the USMNT radar of late, but he’s been on fire over in Germany. Check out this highlight comp of Julian Green’s preseason play the past couple months to see what you missed:
His strong preseason, highlighted by a hat trick against Inter Milan in International Champions Cup, earned him a spot at the adult table.
Bayern Munich named Green, now 21, to their first team roster for the season.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 9, 2016
Let’s be real, he’s not displacing Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, or Kingsley Coman just yet. But when Bayern is up 4-0 against Hannover 96, Julian Green will see a fair amount of playing time.
Green’s promotion to Bayern’s first team bodes well for his international career.
USMNT manager Jürgen Klinsmann managed Bayern Munich from 2008 to 2009 and still has deep ties to the organization. He gets regular updates on Green’s progress and the quickest way to break back into the national team fold is to preform with Bayern.
If he keeps playing like he has been recently, he’ll be back on the field for the USMNT before you can say “Bundesliga”.
Klinsmann has shown a soft spot for German imports during his tenure as USMNT boss. Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, and Fabian Johnson all figure prominently into USA’s plans as the 2018 World Cup in Russia approaches.
You know what they say: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And if you can’t join ’em, steal ’em.
Who do you think the United States’ best German import is?