December 21, 2016
NEW CHALLENGE, NEW TEAM
U.S. international Julian Green joins Stuttgart
By Michael Lewis
|Julian Green: "I can set new goals for myself.This is a great club. I'm looking forward to the challenge, the new city and my new teammates. And, above all, I want to support the team in the second half of the season."
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U.S. international forward Julian Green has found a new team and perhaps an opportunity for more playing time.
Stuttgart of 2.Bundesliga Wednesday announced the signing of Green from Bayern Munich to a three-year deal.
Green, who found playing time at Bayern Munich virtually impossible, signed for an undisclosed fee.
To American soccer fans the 21-year-old Green is probably best known as Landon Donovan's replacement at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He came on as a substitute in the 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 and scored his first World Cup goal on his first touch in extratime.
"I came to FC Bayern into their Under-15s and I dreamed of becoming a professional. And I did that," Green told the Stuttgart website. "Over the past three years, I've built up a lot of experience. That was good and I'm grateful for that.
"I've seen all their games over the last month and I think I'm in good hands with VFB, and I can set new goals for myself.This is a great club. I'm looking forward to the challenge, the new city and my new teammates. And, above all, I want to support the team in the second half of the season."
Stuttgart official Jan Schindelmeiser noted that "Julian can be used in several positions in the attacking area. He had some top coaching at FC Bayern. We see further potential in his development. He can revive our play with his speed."
Green could very well make his debut in a league game at St. Pauli Jan. 29.
He has made eight appearances for the USA, scoring three times. His latest two goals came in international friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand in October.