Julian Green has been trying to make Bayern Munich’s first team since signing a pro contract with the German soccer club three years ago.
The 21-year-old American made a strong case for himself Saturday, scoring three first-half goals as Bayern Munich routed Inter Milan 4-1 in an International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium.
“This was very special,” said Green, whose father, Jerry Green, was born in Greensboro and attended college in Charlotte. “I talked to him (Friday), and he was in the stadium today, so I’m really happy about it. I’m sure he was too.”
The younger Green, who has spent most of his pro career with Bayern Munich’s reserve team, showed he can score with either his right or left foot in staking Bayern Munich to a 4-0 halftime lead.
Green put Bayern Munich ahead in the seventh minute, right-footing a crossing shot from David Alaba into the bottom right corner. At the 30th minute, he punched a cross from Franck Ribery left-footed into the net for a 3-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Green right-footed a close-in crossing shot from Rafinha into the center of the Inter Milan goal for a 4-0 halftime lead.
Three who mattered
Julian Green: He made a strong case to make Bayern Munich’s first team for the upcoming Bundesliga season, scoring three first-half goals (and nearly putting in a fourth).
Franck Ribery: Bayern Munich’s captain scored one goal, and assisted on one of Green’s three scores. He nearly had a second assist in the first half, again to Green.
Samir Handanovic: Inter Milan’s goalkeeper had a rough first half, giving up four Bayern Munich goals.
▪ Green also had a chance to put his club on the scoreboard early. In the second minute, he nearly got his foot on a crossing shot in the mouth of the goal from Ribery, but it was intercepted by Handanovic.
▪ Bayern Munich goalkeeper Tom Starke had a shutout going until the final minute of regulation, when a bad pass by Bayern Munich’s David Alaba set up Inter Milan’s only goal, a breakaway by Mauro Icardi.
▪ There was a tense moment early in Saturday’s match when Ribery was tripped from behind by Inter Milan defender Miranda in the 24th minute, and the two had to be separated. Two minutes later, the two players tangled again, with Ribery drawing a yellow card.
▪ The teams each have one more ICC match – Bayern Munich will play Real Madrid on Wednesday in East Rutherford, N.J., while Inter Milan will take on Celtic FC on Aug. 13 in Limerick, Ireland.
They said it
“I’m a striker; to score goals is always good for me. But that’s soccer – one day it’s not so good, the next it can be better. Tomorrow is another day, and I’ll just keep going.” – Bayern Munich striker Julian Green.
“He played well, really well. He scored three goals, and was right in the box. It was a really good performance. The team had some good offensive play, and Julian was ready to finish.” – Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti on Julian Green’s three-goal game.