Julian Green is moving to Stuttgart. The U.S. international burst onto the scene like a comet at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil before flaming out just as quickly, disappearing from view amidst Bayern Munich’s glittering gallery of stars.
With then U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann eager to secure the services of the German-American teenager – in a bidding war against himself, as it turned out – Green was handed a spot on the U.S. World Cup squad over other, seemingly more qualified candidates, Landon Donovan included.
Green made his manager look prescient when he scored in extra time against Belgium, but the youngster’s World Cup heroics did little to impress the home office back in Munich and Green saw most of his action in the Regionalia (Germany’s 4th Division) with Bayern Munich II over the next few years.
Green was also unable to capitalize on a loan move to Hamburg, and when playing time failed to materialize this year, even after Green impressed new Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti in pre-season, it became clear that the 21-year attacker needed a move to jump-start his stalled career.
2 Bundesliga side Stuttgart spent a relatively minor transfer fee of $500,000 to acquire Green, who can make the move official once the Transfer Window opens in January.
Stuttgart is looking to make a quick return to the Bundesliga after being relegated following last season. As German soccer heads into the winter break Die Roten (The Reds) sit in third place in the 2. Bundesliga, just two points away from one of two automatic promotion places. The third place club in the second division plays the third team from the bottom of the Bundesliga at season’s end in the German promotion system.
Green welcomed his new challenge with, what else, a tweet.