Bayern Munich’s first preseason friendly produced some good news for one of the young forwards in the United States men’s national team talent pool who has failed to gain any momentum since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Julian Green started and produced the opening goal in Bayern’s 4-3 victory over Lippstadt on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, who was controversially named to the USMNT World Cup squad two years ago, scored the opener and forced an own goal to hand Bayern a four-goal advantage at the time as the German side started its preparation for the Bundesliga season.
Green wasn’t the only USMNT-eligible player to score in a friendly for a European side this weekend as Danny Williams notched a tally for Reading in their match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Taawon. The Championship club won the match 3-1.
Back in North America, a few Americans started their respective Liga MX campaigns on Friday.
Greg Garza, who is one of a few Americans at Club Tijuana, started at left back for Xolos in their 2-0 win over Morelia. Paul Arriola and Michael Orozco were available for selection but did not feature.
The appearance was the first for Garza since August 2015. The 24-year-old lost most of the last year of action to hip surgery.