US national team, World Cup player profile: Julian Green

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Well, well, here’s an interesting topic. We’ve come to the man who may have put Landon Donovan out of a job in Brazil. Just 18 years old, Green is an enigma in the national team squad.

Green earned his first US cap in the April friendly against Mexico, and with very little for the American public to have seen of the teenager, he remains a complete unknown to most of the country.

The youngster was born in Florida, but has lived in Germany since he was two years old, making him eligible for both countries.  Playing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, he made his senior debut for the club in the Champions League last fall, but has yet to earn any serious time, mostly playing for the club’s U-21 side.

He played for the German youth system and saw interest from the senior side, but when Jurgen Klinsmann made a very serious push for his services, Green made waves internationally by submitting a one-time switch to FIFA, making him eligible for the United States and no longer for Germany.

Read anything on the kid and it will tell you he’s fast, skillful, and fearless. But until we have more of a sample size, he remains a prospect and nothing more.

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Full name: Julian Wesley Green

Age: 18

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Position: Forward, Winger

Caps/goals: 1/0

Club: Bayern Munich

Best moment in a US shirt: Since Green only has one senior cap to his name, we’re going to go a bit of a different route here.  Green’s best moment in a US shirt will be the moment he points to as the turning point in his international situation.  Klinsmann invited Green to participate in a USMNT camp in Frankfurt, Germany ahead of the friendly with Ukraine in March. According to Green, that’s where he made his decision, as the team welcomed him with open arms.  Clint Dempsey gave him a US jersey, and the entire squad made him feel at home.  Soon after, Green filed his one-time switch paperwork, and he was a United States player.

Starter or squad player at the World Cup? Just like his abilities, how he will be used in Brazil is also a bit of a mystery. It’s hard to imagine Jurgen Klinsmann would replace Landon Donovan with a guy who will ride the bench, but at this point it’s hard to see Green getting significant time ahead of the already established wingers, and in a completely new environment, the 18-year-old has much to prove before he earns minutes on the world’s biggest stage.

2 Robbies: Manchester Derby, Liverpool win, draws for Chelsea, Arsenal

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle look back at a defining derby match between Man City and Man United (00:30), Liverpool’s comfortable win against Fulham (25:45), the stalemate between Chelsea and Everton (31:30) and a hard fought match between Arsenal and Wolves (41:30).

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MLS Best XI unveiled with awesome foosball video

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Major League Soccer, wow, this is terrific #content.

MLS released its Best XI on Monday with a dynamite video of the players passing the ball from Zack Steffen in goal to Josef Martinez up top… via a virtual foosball table.

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The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.

My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.

2018 MLS Best XI

Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)

Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)

Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Josef Martinez (Atlanta), Wayne Rooney (DC)

WATCH: Striker scores potentially unprecedented goal while helping teammate

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“Look, I know you’re injured, but I’m gonna be right back. Got a goal to score for us.”

Maccabi Petah Tikva forward Habib Habibou scored what can only be described as an unprecedented goal — at least in terms of being captured on video — Israel this weekend.

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Habibou, 31, and his club were locked in scoreless tussle with Maccabi Netanya on Saturday when one of his teammates was injured in the box.

The CAR striker, formerly of Zulte Waregem and Royal Charleroi, was taking care of said teammate when he spotted an 87th minute spilled rebound.

What was he gonna do, really, other than dart onto the loose ball, score the match-winner, and then return to his ailing mate?

Petah Tikva won 1-0.

Juventus executive: Bring season Serie A game abroad

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Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci likes La Liga’s idea of taking a regular season match outside of its domestic borders.

Ricci would like Serie A to explore a similar move, saying Italian soccer can only benefit from putting its brand in other markets.

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Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.

Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:

“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”

Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.