After going several years between goals one and two, Julian Green didn’t wait long to net his third international goal.
The U.S. Men’s National Team winger followed up Friday’s goalscoring performance with another finish on Tuesday, firing his side’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand. Green’s goal, as well as his overall attacking play, earned the 21-year-old honors as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.
Green’s big moment came in the 27th minute as the U.S. battled back from a shaky start. After receiving the ball near midfield, Green dribbled straight at a tentative New Zealand defender before cutting inside onto his right foot. The ensuing shot fooled goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who was left rooted to his spot as Green’s effort slipped just inside the near post. In addition to being one of the more lively options throughout his 72 minutes, Green also showed a commitment to defending, making a pair of tackles and an interception in his own half.
The winger’s performance was his second straight standout effort, earning Green honors over Sacha Kljestan, Michael Bradley and Matt Besler.
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