GLENDALE, Ariz. – The jury is still out on U.S. National Team German-American wunderkind Julian Green.
The Bayern Munich youth product played for a little over half an hour in the USMNT’s 2-2 draw with Mexico at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The highlight of Green’s shift came in the waning moments of the second half when he appeared to earn a penalty kick after deftly bypassing two Mexico defenders, but referee Roberto Moreno waved play-on.
Although Green could not help the U.S. earn a victory against their CONCACAF archrival, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased with his showing.
“I think you saw in some moments how he goes into the box and draws two guys and should have drawn a penalty,” said Klinsmann. “Obviously, he was nervous too, and he plays his first cap in front of 60,000 against Mexico. Here and there maybe you slip and lose your balance like it happened to him once there. But the team welcomed him with open arms. When you’re among other players you check each other out, and you understand within 10 minutes if it’s a good player or not. Julian is a very good player.”
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