Julian Green didn’t get a lot of playing time for the USA men’s soccer team during the 2014 World Cup. But when the 19-year-old did see the field, he made every minute count after scoring the lone goal in a 2-1 knockout round loss to Belgium. After proving himself in the World Cup, the next step for Green will be staying on with one of the best soccer clubs in the world, Bayern Munich.
Despite his young age, the German-American hopes that he can make the Bundesliga league champions’ roster, rather than being sent out on loan. “I’m not thinking about a loan,” Green said. “Right now I’m playing for Bayern Munich, and I’m happy about that. I want to stay.”
If there’s one thing that Green can take solace in, it’s that head coach Pep Guardiola plans on keeping him in a Bayern red and white jersey. Guardiola even commented that he wants the youngster to “play as much as possible” on the team’s preseason tour in America.
Of course, this isn’t to say that Green won’t have to play well in the coming weeks. His first chance will be when Bayern takes on the Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara on July 31st in suburban New York. Then he’ll play against many of his teammates from the USA team on August 6th, when the Munich squad takes on the MLS All-Stars.
“I just want to show the coach and the team that I can help them. If I get my chance, I’ll try my best. I’m waiting for my chance.” Green added, “The relationship (with Guardiola) is very good. I feel the trust with him, and it’s very important for a young player to feel the trust from the coach. I want to repay the trust from him.”
In addition to preparing for Bayern’s upcoming season, Green will also reconnect with Team USA on September 3rd, when they take on the Czech Republic. This match will begin the Americans’ long journey towards Russia and the 2018 World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann has said publicly that the goal of this first year’s World Cup qualification will be to break in the new players.
This means that we’ll see a healthy dose of Green, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks, three players who got to shine against Belgium. Green commented on this by saying, “I think it’s very important to give the young guys a chance to play. I think we did a good job – me or DeAndre Yedlin or John Anthony Brooks. We have a lot of young, good players, and I’m looking forward to playing with them.”
But for now, the immediate goal remains sticking with Bayern Munich and finding playing time on an elite European club – one that boasts plenty of players from Germany’s World Cup champion squad.