KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Julian Green's time with Hamburg SV's first team looks to have come to an end as it has been reported that he will be demoted to the U-23 side.
A report by Germany's Bild newspaper on Tuesday quoted Hamburg sporting director Peter Knabel as saying that Green "should play at a level where he can impose himself."
The U.S. national team winger was brought in on loan from reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich last summer in order to earn first-team playing time as it would be difficult for him to crack the line up of the talent-laden Bavarians. However, he has only logged 111 minutes in five appearances during his loan spell, leaving some doubt as to whether he was in Hamburg head coach Josef Zinnbauer's plans for the second half of the season.
Now, the Florida native will make his return to the fourth tier of German soccer where he impressed last season with Bayern Munich II, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances.
It is uncertain whether Green will be given another shot with Hamburg's first team should he play well with the U-23 side.
Green made waves in the U.S. soccer scene after applying and then getting approval for his one-time switch to the national team in March 2014, followed by an appearance in the friendly against Mexico in April. He would then find himself on U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil.
The 19-year-old would make history as he became the youngest American in U.S. soccer history to score at a World Cup, scoring in the 107th minute against Belgium in a 2-1 loss in the round of 16.