Pep Guardiola: For now, Julian Green will remain with Bayern Munich’s first team

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Right now, Pep Guardiola is planning to have 19-year-old U.S. national team winger Julian Green in Bayern Munich’s first-team squad this season.

That is huge.

Green, who was given his full-debut by Guardiola in the final moments of Bayern’s Champions League game against CSKA Moscow last November, signed a professional deal with the reigning German champions last fall which runs through 2017.

[RELATED: Green “proud” of USA’s WC effort]

The youngster was born in Florida but grew up in Germany, but he chose to represent the U.S. over Germany earlier this year and was a surprise inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Green’s storybook career continued as he jumped off the bench in the USA”s round of 16 clash with Belgium and scored with his first touch to make it 2-1.

This summer he will embark on two games in the U.S. on Bayern’s preseason tour and speaking with reporters via a conference call on Tuesday. Guardiola confirmed his intentions to keep Green in his squad this season.

“Now he stays with us. He’s going to stay with us and make preseason,” Guardiola said. “I think he’s going to stay [for the season], but we have to see how is the market, if one player is back or what players come in. Today I think he’s going to stay, but I think we’ll see the preseason. We have time. I know him and I know he trains well and he’s a good guy and my first idea is that he’s going to stay for the rest of the season.”

[VIDEO: Green scores vs. Belgium]

Okay, so Pep is being a little coy here but make no mistake about it, Green is in his plans after coming through the academy at Bayern and shining for the reserve team last season.

Depending on transfers and his performance in preseason, Green is set to become a fully-fledged squad member at Bayern for the 2014-15 season. If that means brief cameo appearances off the bench in cup competitions and Europe to start with, so be it. The fact that a young American winger is getting the chance to flourish and develop at one of the greatest clubs in Europe is hugely significant.

The entire U.S. soccer community will continue to keep a very close eye on Green this season.

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.