In his second appearance since departing Bayern Munich, American Julian Green opened his scoring account for Stuttgart on Monday with a superb one-timer in the 20th minute of a 2-0 victory over Fortuna Duesseldorf. The 2014 World Cup goal-scorer debuted with the second-flight club last week against St. Pauli.
It’s a promising restart for the 21-year-old attacker, who had enjoyed a fine preseason with Bayern but appeared only in two German Cup matches and made the first-team game-day squad for six Bundesliga games. He transferred during the winter window.
Is he under consideration for World Cup qualifying duty next month? Absolutely, if he continues to play regularly and retains quality form. Bruce Arena could use a potent wide player for the qualifiers against Honduras on March 24 in San Jose and at Panama on March 28.
Green scored in consecutive friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand in October but did not feature in subsequent qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica.
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***Real Salt Lake finalized the acquistion of former academy member Brooks Lennon on a season-long loan from Liverpool. The 19-year-old attacker appeared in 12 U-23 matches, with seven starts and two goals (against Tottenham in September and Everton in October). Lennon is among three players with RSL ties to return to the club this preseason: forward Luis Silva, who struggled to earn minutes at Mexican side Tigres, and midfielder Sebastian Saucedo, whose loan to Mexico’s Veracruz expired after four appearances.
***Other Americans abroad:
Defender Matthew Olosunde played 90 minutes in Manchester United U23s’ 5-3 defeat at Derby County.
Midfielder Luca de la Torre played 90 in Fulham U23s’ 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Midfielder James Murphy played 90 and scored in the 10th minute in Sheffield Wednesday U23s’ 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. Attacker Gboly Ariyibi made his Forest debut after arriving from Peterborough.
Midfielder Jerome Kiesewetter entered at the start of the second half in Fortuna Duesseldorf’s 2-0 defeat against Stuttgart.
Forward Bobby Wood and Hamburg vs. Cologne in German Cup
Midfielder Fabian Johnson and Moenchengladbach at Greuther Fuerth in German Cup
***The Mexican national team is in Las Vegas for Wednesday’s friendly against Iceland in Las Vegas. Outside an official FIFA window, neither side is at full strength. [Mexico roster] UniMas and Univision Deportes will provide coverage, starting at 10 p.m. ET.
***The U.S. women’s national team is focused on the SheBelieves Cup, featuring four of the top five teams in the FIFA rankings, starting March 1. However, the U.S. Soccer Federation is also apparently arranging a match for April 9. The NWSL season opens the following weekend. The friendly falls inside a FIFA window. ESPN has reserved a two-hour block for the friendly, starting at 2 p.m. ET, which leads into coverage of an MLS game between Orlando City and the New York Red Bulls at 4.
***The Washington Spirit has set the preseason schedule:
March 18: Penn State at Maryland SoccerPlex
March 25: North Carolina at Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va.
April 1: Duke at Maryland SoccerPlex
April 8: Virginia at Maryland SoccerPlex