How good was Julian Green’s USA debut? The consensus among U.S. men’s national team members is that the 18-year-old Bayern Munich youngster, who played the last 30 minutes of Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Mexico in Arizona, holds tremendous promise -- even if he isn’t the finished article quite yet.
"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," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, referring to a play in which Green took on two Tri defenders and appeared to be tripped at the edge of the penalty area. "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."
USA captain Clint Dempsey agreed. "He's a good player. In a tough game he was able to get some good touches, cause some problems, and made some good decisions."
Added midfielder Michael Bradley, who registered a goal and an assist on the night: "I think it's exciting, a young kid like that with so much talent, so much ability," the Toronto FC midfielder said. "For him, it was just about getting out there for the first time, enjoying himself, getting the first one done with and now we can really get him going."