22-year-old American Julian Green has found it tough to net goals over the last few seasons, scoring only two in the past two years.
The struggles in front of goal however have not dampened the forward’s work ethic, as Green scored the opener for Greuther Furth in their 2-1 league win against Kaiserslautern on Saturday
It was an easy finish for Green who tapped home Khaled Narey’s assist from close range in the 17th minute.
Green was a lively presence for Furth in the win, having four shots on goal the most of any player on the team. He now has two goals on the season.
Three big points 💪🏾 #jg37 pic.twitter.com/xzTqjjPKP6
— Julian Green (@J_Green37) March 10, 2018
Saturday’s win was Furth’s third in a row, which now sees them unbeaten in their last five matches.
They currently are up to 14th in the 2. Bundesliga standings, four points clear of the relegation playoff place.
Green will look to add to his goal tally when Greuther Furth travel to Erzgebirge Aue on March 19th.
“I think the real area that we need improvement in is development.”….and I agree with that 100% but that’s where this country is lacking. Poor kids in CONCACAF countries Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras etc. grow up fantasizing about soccer, playing pick up games in parks and schools during lunch break…..not just basketball or football like here in America, so they grow up born and breed in the game. That’s why most of the skillful players in MLS are foreigners, and CONCACAF countries use players in our very own league to cause the USMNT massive problems. SOCCER SHOULD NOT BE A RICH MAN’S SPORT in this country but believe it or not its expensive to play soccer at a level where you can be seen
Parents on average pay about $8,100-per-year team-membership fees, ($675 a month) and a club’s $100-per-child annual tournament fees. They pay roughly $6,200 for travelling to about eight tournaments, pay about $2,400 for restaurants, hotels, car rentals, and gas. Cleats and other gear cost about $500 – $1,200 a year, while a special coach runs about $30 a week ($1,500 a year).
So, until there are organized soccer in every community (like basketball or baseball) and US Soccer some how pumps money in growing the game to help less fortunate kids get a fair shot at showcasing their talent, until soccer is a sport that kids can dream to one day play in because of high wages and record-breaking signings, until there are fully sponsored soccer programs in most schools and colleges to give poorer kids a shot (and not just in the schools like wake forest, Duke, Indiana, North Carolina, Stanford etc. where tuition averages $55,000 to $62,000 a year)……soccer development will be an uphill battle
….Apart from Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood (maybe Weah and Sargent because of training exposure) no USMNT striker is currently playing on his level….not one.
Good News. Keep your head up and keep working Green
Aren’t you really just judging then by a players club instead of their play. Tim Ream should be a lock starter, he’s on a better team than any CB whose healthy. We just saw the U17 WC, Carleton was better than Weah, the difference is Weah has a EU passport. Could Weah have progressed more because PSGs season continued when ATL had offseason. What we need is a better scouting system to keep track and getting Concacaf to move the GC up so Euro players could play wouldn’t hurt either.
I like Ream, but he should only be a CB with a back 4 formation because he gets beat for speed on the outside which happens months higher national team level… either by speedy wingers or forwards. Championship is a higher level except the top 4 than MLS but you have to look at skill transfer.
“Aren’t you really just judging then by a players club instead of their play.”
Hahahahaha…..yes, yes Johnnyrazor
There is a reason some players play in the Bundesliga, EPL, Serie A etc. and others play in MLS, Liga MX, Norway etc. There are some exceptions but not in our striker core lol. Soccer / Football is a multi-million dollar business and if you good enough and have the skill necessary big teams will make an effort to get you / sign you. Don’t judge Tim Ream by playing with a clueless soccer team like the USMNT that couldn’t beat T&T (because they thought EPL and Bundesliga players should take the back seat to MLS players and got an rude awakening……that they were not good enough), but by his soccer skill and IQ when playing with players that know soccer.
A student studying for his Bachelors (REAM) cannot relate to a student in high school (MLS / Liga MX backline). It doesn’t mean the undergrad doesn’t know what he is doing, it just means the high school students are not on the same level
“Fulham fans react as Tim Ream is nominated for Player of the Month
United States international center-back Tim Ream has seen his superb displays acknowledged, receiving a Player of the Month nomination above 17-year-old Fulham teammate Ryan Sessegnon.
Fulham have been exceptional in 2018, now unbeaten in 14 league games and sitting in fourth place in the league, and such form has not gone unnoticed.
Having made 13 Premier League appearances with Bolton Wanderers, and narrowly missing out on promotion last term, Ream is evidently desperate to restore Fulham’s top-flight status.
His competition for the award comes from Cardiff’s Sean Morrison, Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp and Barnsley’s excellent loanee striker Oli McBurnie, who has adapted exceptionally to life in the Championship.
Cottagers fans have taken to social media to praise Ream’s composure and consistency at the heart of their defence.”
So, unlike you Johnnyrazor, the people who know about soccer know Tim Ream’s quality
Did you really just claim Tim Ream is so good that he can’t play effectively with MLS players? Or was it because he’s too smart? The best players should play no matter where their club plays. The reason CP is in the Bundesliga is that he had a Croatian passport, think how the USMNT would have looked with CP toiling at Bethlehem Steel. The bottom line remains the US had more talent on the field than TnT. The difference was they were better prepared and had a better game plan. Don’t take my word for it look at Cameron’s comments. He is in the EPL so his soccer IQ is automatically higher.
I claim Tim Ream has a better and high soccer IQ than MLS players (that why he doesn’t play in MLS any more), and that they are not on the same level…..and Cameron is on even a higher level.
Then explain this to me if its all about the league you play in why did Trinidad made up of players that play in Trinidad, an inferior league to MLS, a few MLS players (Jones is now in 2.Bundesliga but he didn’t play until 72 min) and Garcia whose a sub for Excelsior on loan from AZ can beat a team made up of MLS players and a couple from higher European teams than AZ and Excelsior? There must be something to it besides what clubs the players play for?
“why did Trinidad made up of players that play in Trinidad, an inferior league to MLS,”
……because US players in MLS are inferior skillfully, technically and tactically, that US scouting teams do not know how to identify skill/talent and that US soccer is still building and functioning on a “pay to play” system and that’s why they are getting exposed internationally by Marco Urena (Costa Rica), Alvin Jones(T&T) and Romell Quioto (Honduras). Recognizing talent is a skill (you have to have an eye for it) and while other coaches can spot talent on the bench because they where breed in the game of soccer, unfortunately we can’t. That’s why the more foreign strikers are spotted in other leagues and incorporate into MLS the top goal scorer will ALWAYS be held by a foreign player
A team is only as strong as the weakest link, and players in MLS (especially US players) are still struggling against CONCACAF opponents (Tauro beating Dallas, Santa tecla beating Seattle, Olimpia tying with NYRB) because of that gap in skill and talent. If you mix Euro player with a lope sided MLS based team it neutralizes the Quality and attributes that the euro players bring and the team functions at an MLS talented team (think about mixing NCAA players and with low level NFL players on short notice to take on a top level, well synchronized NFL team ….disaster)
Yet these highly technical and skilled teams from Trinidad have never made it out of the Champions League group stage and have only not finished last in their group twice in eight years.
I agree MLS needs to do a better job of scouting especially in Hispanic areas, but I think the real area that we need improvement in is development. Once owners understand that the Dallas and NYRB system of developing most of your own talent is cheaper they will stop spending big money on South American teenagers. There are rumors that MLS is going to change the amount of money that clubs receive for selling young players which should encourage investment in development as well.
For me Pay to Play is a bit of a red herring, basketball, baseball, and even football are all pay to play sports and they still produce plenty of talent. As the American public’s appetite for soccer increases sponsors will spend more money on youth soccer just as they do in other sports.
Oops loaded the response in the wrong area Johnnyrazor. see below
keaton parks! Moore could play on left? He is doing very well.
Time machine back to 2014 and tell everyone that Johannsson and Green are scoring in the bundesliga and Mix Diskerud just transferred to Manchester City… They will believe you.
Love him or hate him, Green is at least now playing consistently. No he doesn’t have the greatest stats, nor is he playing in a top tier league with a major club. But he is a young player playing in Europe, who can add to the US Player pool. Not saying he should be a starter for the USMNT, but he should be in the conversation for playing time.
If I were putting together a 30+ man preliminary roster Green and a number of other young guns would be on it….
F: Wood, Jozy, Morris, Sargent, ArJo/Dwyer/Zardes, (Green), (Weah)
LM: Saief, Green, Manneh, Amon
RM: Arriola, Scott, Lennon
CM: Pulisic, Lletget, Parks, (Scott)
CDM: Williams, McKennie, Adams, Acosta
LB: Farfan, Robinson, D. Acosta
LCB: Brooks, Zimmerman, Glad
RCB: CCV, EBP, Birnbaum
RB: Yedlin, Moore, Lima
GK: Steffen, Gonzalez, Horvath, Guzan/Hamid
I for one hope a number of these guys get called up for the March friendly.
And sadly LB remains the thinnest position. Not sure about Birnbaum but I’m guessing you forgot Miazga.
Been keeping up with him all season and he has been active and a threat but just not finding the back of the net. Hopefully with the continued playing time and his second goal in three weeks this might be the turning point for him and his confidence and really start to show all the promise he showed early on for Bayern’s reserves. I hope he gets a call this month but I doubt it. Would like to see him on the left and CP22 on the right in a 4-3-3
Green hasn’t scored since November. He had his only assist of the year two weeks ago. Of course, Greuther’s three leading scorers are listed as defenders although Narey their leading scorer plays as a wing.
My bad I was thinking of he assist the other week.
According to Soccerway they’ve moved him inside playing beneath the striker, since that happened they’ve been winning. Soccerway isn’t always accurate and I don’t have fox soccer pass so I can’t confirm it.
All he needs is steady time on the pitch. He has a great first touch and more ability than most of anyone eligible to play for the US.
Hardy-Har-Har. Green is nowhere near the quality you mention. He has mediocre field vision and average or below passing ability. He should have never been selected by Klinsmann for the World Cup. It was hyperbole by Klinsmann, to take a young kid from a legendary club, who never played a D1 game in his life and put that much pressure on him for the WC, especially after JK left Donovan off the team. Yes, it was not Green;s fault, but you can see the looming disaster coming for the USMNT when Klinsmann was filling the roster pool with more hype than substance until it came crashing down.
If Green was “that good” he would not be scratching for the occasional goal, on a team a few points from relegation, in the German D2.
Looks like continued improvement for the young man. 2 goals in 1500+ minutes this season is not impressive, but seems like his quality is headed in the right direction.