Since scoring in the World Cup two summers ago, young American forward Julian Green had dropped off the radar. Bayern Munich loaned him to Hamburg for a disastrous spell in 2014-15 and last season he played almost exclusively for Bayern II in the German fourth division, scoring 10 goals. His future with the Bundesliga super club appeared bleak.
But Green, 21, resurfaced with Bayern during training camp this summer. After scoring in a low-key friendly two weeks ago, he recorded a first-half hat trick against Inter Milan in Charlotte on Saturday, boosting his chances of a higher-profile role this season and a call-up by Jurgen Klinsmann for the last two World Cup semifinal-round qualifiers (St. Vincent and Grenadines away Sept. 2 and Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville on Sept. 6).
Green scored in the seventh, 30th and 35th minutes as Bayern rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Italian side before 53,629 at Bank of America Stadium.
“He played well, really well because he scored three goals, he was great in the box. It was a really good performance,” Bayern Manager Carlo Ancelotti said. “The team built good offensive play, and Julian was ready to finish.”