USMNT midfielder Julian Green scored his first goal of the young season, going 90 minutes for the second-straight game during Greuther Furth’s 3-1 defeat of St. Pauli at the Millerntor on Friday.
Green, still just 24, picked up the ball from well outside the 18 and hit a sweet strike into the upper reaches of the goal to salt away the result in Hamburg.
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He’s into his third season with the 2.Bundesliga outfit, and has registered eight goals and four assists in 56 matches.
Green is a name to watch as Gregg Berhalter names his squad for the USMNT’s September friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay. The coach will not be limited by the international calendar when it comes to where he pulls players.
Remember Fafa Picault?
The FC St. Pauli striker became a surprise name in USMNT circles when former coach Jurgen Klinsmann shouted him out on Twitter, later calling him into U.S. camp.
Picault, 25, is a center forward who has battled back trouble at times this season, limiting him to six appearances for the 2.Bundesliga side.
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He broke out last season, scoring four goals and adding two assists in 16 appearances last season. The former NASL player was capped by Klinsmann in May, going 19 minutes in a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico.
Philadelphia is the top spot for Picault, according to Bild and translated by VAVEL reporter Jonny Walsh. It’s just agent talk, but we’d like to get a closer look at the American man.
A few weeks back, we asked “Who is Fafa Picault?” and gave you the lowdown on the USMNT-eligible attacker for FC St. Pauli.
Now we’re hearing from the man himself thanks to American Soccer Now.
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He’s feeling well, thriving in a center forward-type role (He’s also played on the right and a bit on the left).
From American Soccer Now:
“I’m happy with the recent performances,” Picault told American Soccer Now from Hamburg. “I started out well when I first got to the club. It slowed down a bit. I felt a bit out of position. We had more of a defensive approach to the game. It wasn’t really fitting my style. With a few injuries I was able to be the sole striker up top.
“That is exactly what I needed: freedom. So I can express my speed and creativity to look to score or get assists and just be myself. It allows me to be me.”
The Brian Sciaretta-typed piece includes plenty of nuggets on Picault, including which USMNT player has served as his mentor. Read on.
“I was hoping that this day would come and I’m just overjoyed.”
That’s how Fabrice “Fafa” Picault described his two-goal performance for 2.Bundesliga side St. Pauli, giving him three goals in his past four matches.
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It seems nearly every week we learn of a “new” American prospect plying his trade overseas, and Picault is a reminder that MLS and big name academies aren’t the be-all, end-all for development.
Picault, 25, was born in Manhattan to Haitian parents, and spent his youth career with Cagliari in Italy before debuting in 2012 for Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL.
He’s broke out in a big way for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, scoring 12 goals, and had a brief stint at Sparta Prague. And the dual national is clearly on USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar, which is sure to enrage the coach’s detractors.