Ever since Julian Green scored that goal in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup, it’s not been the best of times for the US national team’s latest superstar-in-waiting, and there’s no sign of improved prospects anytime soon.
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According to German football magazine Kicker, rather than going out on loan for a second year in a row, the 20-year-old Bayern Munich winger/striker will start the 2015-16 season with the club’s reserve team, which plays in the fourth division of German football.
Green’s last loan spell, to eventual Bundesliga relegation playoff survivors Hamburg, was a disaster for the young German-American attacker. He played for four different managers while at Hamburg (three mid-season managerial changes) and made just five first-team appearances for the club before eventually being sent down to train and play with the reserve team.
Bayern’s decision to send Green back to their own reserve team signals one of two things: either, 1) their confidence in the player has waned to the point they believe he isn’t good enough to play for a Bundesliga or 2. Bundesliga side (probably not the case) or, 2) they’re protecting him from another potentially toxic (and damaging) situation in an attempt to re-instill his confidence before sending him out on loan later in the season.
Playing for Bayern’s reserve team two years, Green scored 15 goals in 23 goals, prompting USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to include the then-19-year-old on his 2014 World Cup roster.