For the second season in a row, Julian Green
moved from the Bundesliga to the 2. Bundesliga, Germany's second division.
His move from Bayern Munich in early 2017 ended with VfB
Stuttgart shipping him to Greuther Fuerth after it was promoted back to the Bundesliga.
Greuther Fuerth was never in the hunt for promotion. Indeed, it was last at the end of August when
Green joined the club. But it managed to stay up in part because of Green, whose perfectly placed goal earned it a 1-1 tie at Heidenheim on the final day of the season.
The 2. Bundesliga relegation battle was one of the closest ever. Eintracht Braunschweig went down after a loss to Holstein Kiel, and Erzgebirge Aue's last-second loss to Darmstadt dropped it to
16th place, sending it into a promotion-relegation playoff. Only eight points separated the bottom nine clubs. Belgium.
was back in the Club Brugge as it tied Standard Liege, 1-1, to clinch the Belgian championship playoff series with one game to go.
He went more than six months
without playing -- he hardly ever dressed -- before being inserted back into the starting lineup for the last two games. He was brought in the middle of last season to take over as the starter in
2017-18 but lost his starting job after a mistake in a 2-0 loss at Genk in late October.
Brugge was the runaway leader at the end of the regular season, but teams only take half their
points into the six-team championship round, where they play 10 games. GOALKEEPERS: Ethan Horvath
Brugge/BEL), 90 minutes, 1-1 at Standard Liege DEFENDERS: John Brooks
(25, Wolfsburg/GER), 90 minutes, 4-1 vs. FC
Cologne Brendan Hines Ike
(23, Orebro/SWE), 90 minutes, 1-2 vs. Hammarby *Matt Miazga
(22, Vitesse/NED), 90 minutes, 2-1 vs. Den Haag Shaq Moore
Levante/ESP), did not dress, 5-4 vs. Barcelona Erik Palmer-Brown
(21, Kortrijk/BEL), 90 minutes, 1-1 vs. Mouscron Caleb Stanko
(24, Freiburg/GER), did not dress, 2-1 vs.
Augsburg DeAndre Yedlin
(24, Newcastle United/ENG), 90 minutes, 3-0 vs. Chelsea MIDFIELDERS: Fernando
(21, Tijuana), did not dress, 1-4 at Toluca Luca de la Torre
(20, Fulham/ENG 2), did not dress, 0-1 at Derby County Alejandro Guido
(24, Tijuana/MEX), did not dress,
1-4 at Toluca Emerson Hyndman
(22, Bournemouth/ENG), 59 minutes, 2-1 at Burnley Brian Iloski
(22, Legia Warsaw/POL), did not dress, 2-0 vs. Gornik Zabrze Jerome
(25, Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER 2), did not dress, 3-2 at Nuremberg Weston McKennie
(19, Schalke 04/GER), 90 minutes, 1-0 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Keaton Parks
(20, Benfica/POR), sub-1 minute, 1-0 at Moreirense Christian Pulisic
(19, Bor. Dortmund/GER), 90 minutes, 1-3 at Hoffenheim Jake Rozhansky
(21, Maccabi Netanya/ISR), sub-11
minutes, 2-1 vs. Hapoel Haifa Kenny Saief
(24, Anderlecht/BEL), 15 minutes, 0-2 at Gent Joel Sonora
(21, Tallares/ARG), on bench, 2-2 at Olimpo FORWARDS: Jonathan Amon
(19, FC Nordsaelland, DEN), 90 minutes, 2-1 vs. Horsens Romain Gall
(23, GIF Sundsvall/SWE), 90
minutes, 1 assist, 3-0 vs. Brommapojkarna *McKinze Gaines
(20, Darmstadt/GER 2), did not dress, 1-0 at Erzgebirge Aue *Julian Green
(22, Greuther Fuerth/GER 2), 90 minutes, 1
goal, 1-1 at Heidenheim *Andrija Novakovich
(21, Telstar/NED 2), 90 minutes, 1 goal, 2-4 at De Graafschap *Josh Perez
(20, Livorno/ITA 3), sub-19 minutes, 1-5 at Padova
(22, Tijuana/MEX), did not dress, 1-4 at Toluca Emmanuel Sabbi
(20, Hobro/DEN), sub-28 minutes, 3-2 vs. Sonderjyske Jordan Siebatcheu
(21, Reims/FRA 2), 90
minutes, 1 goal, 2-2 vs. Nimes Maki Tall
(22, Tours/FRA 2), sub-32 minutes, 0-2 at Le Havre Timothy Weah
(18, Paris SG/FRA), on bench, 0-2 vs. Rennes Bobby Wood
(25, Hamburg/GER), 71 minutes, 2 yellow cards, 1 red card, 2-1 vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach *Haji Wright
(20, Sandhausen/GER 2), did not dress, 0-0 at Arminia Bielefeld