Report: USMNT’s Julian Green demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 side

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The rising star of Julian Green certainly isn’t shining brightly in his loan stint at Hamburg.

Tipped for Bayern Munich’s first team after scoring for the USMNT at this summer’s World Cup, the 19-year-old winger has made just five appearances for Hamburg during his loan.

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And now he’s been removed from the first team roster to get him minutes on the pitch, according to German paper Bild. Hamburg is five points above the drop zone and four above the relegation playoff slot.

There is no word on whether Bayern had any say in the move, but presumably they were given plenty of notice.

From Paste Magazine:

Peter Knabel, director of football at HSV, discussed the decision in an interview with German newspaper Bild. Here’s what he had to say, via the medium of Google Translate, regarding the decision to demote Green to the academy team: “He should be able to impose himself, but I expect the players there can play there too. The U23 team is not a garbage can. It’s a flagship for development.”

Green made his name in the fourth division, where the U-23 squad plays, so it isn’t exactly a proving ground for the youngster (although how he responds to the demotion will show some character).

He’s a 19-year-old who has been fighting injuries, so it certainly isn’t the end of the world, especially considering Hamburg is in a fight for its Bundesliga life.