Julian Green Injury: Updates on USMNT Star's Shoulder and Return

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

U.S. Julian Green (9) battles for the ball with Mexico defenders during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri

Updates from Tuesday, April 8

MLS.com reveals Julian Green is expected to miss several weeks with a shoulder injury:

Bayern Munich II attack ace Julian Green will be forced to sit on the shelf for a few weeks after a Monday exam on his left shoulder showed that the teenager partially dislocated his left shoulder during last week's US national team debut.


"Julian has a shoulder dislocation," Bayern press officer Markus Hörwick told MLSsoccer.com. "He is doing a little rehab, but mostly he will need to rest for about three weeks."

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Julian Green's Team USA-debut will be remembered for more than just the raw talent and potential the youngster showed in his team's 2-2 draw with Mexico. Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer.com has learned the shoulder injury the midfielder picked up in the game was bad enough that Green needed to undergo an exam to determine the damage.   

A Bayern spokesman told the website as much, as the club is yet to receive word on the exact severity of the injury and how much time the youngster will miss. Green was absent for his team, Bayern's reserve squad, during their 2-0 victory over rivals SpVgg Bayern Hof on Sunday.

Green's USMNT debut against Mexico was a bit of a mixed bag, as the 18-year-old showed the world he's as talented as he is inexperienced. USA Today's Kelly Whiteside quoted USMNT's coach Jurgen Klinsmann on the player's performance, saying:

You saw in some moments what this kid is actually capable to do, how he goes in the box, draws two guys and should have gotten the penalty. Obviously he was nervous to play his first cap in front of 60,000 against Mexico, here and there you slip, lose your balance like it happened once there.

But the team welcomed him with open arms. When you are among other players you check each other out, and within 10 minutes (you know) whether he's a good player or not. Julian is a very good player.

As ESPN's Alex Labidou put it, some struggles were to be expected:

With the World Cup approaching, the last thing Green needed was an injury that would force him to sit for multiple matches as he tries to convince Klinsmann he should take the talented winger to Brazil with him.

But at the age of 18, there will surely be plenty more chances for Green to shine on the international stage in the future. It already seemed unlikely he'd be joining the team this summer, and any prolonged period of time on the sidelines will only hurt his chances.