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Green scores brace in Greuther Furth friendly win

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Julian Green was a major performer for 2. Bundesliga side Greuther Furth last season and looked in top form in Thursday’s friendly win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Green scored a pair of goals for the visitors in a 2-0 win at Borussia Park. It was Green’s first goals scored in preseason action this summer, with the club still a few weeks away from kicking off its domestic schedule.

The U.S. Men’s National Team forward broke the deadlock in the 75th minute with a fortunate bounce going off his knee and in.

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Green’s strong performance continued with a goal later in the friendly to ice the victory for Stefan Leitl’s side. A chipped ball over the Gladbach line allowed Green to volley it into the corner for a 2-0 Furth advantage.

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The 25-year-old forward scored four goals and added one assist in 24 combined appearances for Furth last season. Green also missed 11 matches for Furth due to an MCL injury and an ruptured ankle ligament from Nov. 2019-March 2020.

“I think we saw a very intense and good football game over 120 minutes and of course I am satisfied,” Leitl said. “We won 2-0 and if you look at the game, the whole thing was not undeserved. For us this trip is here to Mönchengladbach a success in all respects. Today, the game here in the stadium against a top team.”

“The 2-0 start and with our counter-pressing: Paul pushes through great, we have the ball, great pass, Julian then technically perfect. That was a really great goal and the icing on the cake for today’s performance. ”

He also signed a new two-year contract with the club back in June after being linked with a possible move away earlier this year.  Green has also earned 15 caps with the USMNT in his career, scoring four goals.

After Furth fell short of promotion last season, Green will look to help the club achieve that this coming season. Furth’s domestic schedule begins on Sept. 20th against Osnabruck in 2. Bundesliga play.

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  1. Nice to see Green have a solid performance. Even if it was in a pre-season friendly, it was at least playing against a club of a higher level. Have always thought Green had a cultured dangerous shot, especially around the 18.
    As “Joe” says he’s “more of an attacking mid than a forward now”….which is fine considering its a position that is still up for grabs within the USMNT. Not trying to suggest that Green is the answer for the USMNT, but he’s worth a camp invite to see how he stacks up w/ Aaronson & Pomykal…while Ledezma gains the experience he needs to secure himself with the USNT.

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    • Green is one of those players that makes me curious about how Berhalter is thinking of the player pool for the March-July period of next year. Prob not much hope for Green to be in the squad for the 4 massive June WCQ’s (barring a can’t-miss club season). But given our younger players will (hopefully) be diverted to Olympic duty during this period, it would seem that the Gold Cup might be a good stage for experienced, second-tier USMNT talents to show they belong in the picture somewhere.

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      • Clearly the World Cup Qualifiers take top honors for importance. I’d say that the Olympics take 2nd, while the Gold Cup is 3rd.
        Considering the number of Olympic age eligible players that are part of the USMNT 1st team (Adams, McKennie, Pulisic, Dest, Reyna, Sargent, etc…), there is going to be a very difficult balancing act between Olympic & A-Team Competitive games.
        If all these players are held back from Olympics to participate in the World Cup Qualifying matches…than maybe the top “Fringe” players are being considered for the Over-Age slots on the Olympic Team.
        Gold cup may have some cross-over with the other competitions, but will likely be the weakest of the 3 teams…and I’m guessing will be made up mostly of MLS players.

  2. That’s a goal the likes of which you just don’t see very often. Technically, that’s such a high level of required execution and small margin for error. Won’t see it reproduced often. Realistically, it’s simply a flash and a little reminder of what Green demonstrated as a youth. Skilled player, incomplete as a whole.

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    • I think Greg has already said that the GC will be used for all domestic players and wcq will see a mix. With how jammed pack the schedule is shaping up to be next summer with the GC, WCQ and the Olympics there will have to be several different squads used so as not to wear players out!

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    • thank you!
      he’s a CAM and that’s where he played in this match, too
      Green hasn’t played as a forward since 2017.
      almost as irritating as when people call FJ a left back

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