Julian Green goal: The 19-year-old scores a spectacular goal in his World Cup debut.

Julian Green, Age 19, Scores Spectacular Goal in His World Cup Debut

Julian Green, Age 19, Scores Spectacular Goal in His World Cup Debut

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July 1 2014 6:28 PM

Julian Green, Age 19, Scores Spectacular Goal in His World Cup Debut

Rightly or wrongly, Julian Green was a controversial selection for the U.S. World Cup roster. The 19-year-old, who plays for Bayern Munich's reserve team, has not accomplished anything at all internationally, and his ticket to Brazil seemed like it might have been little more than a strategy to lure the German-American to the U.S. camp.

On Tuesday in Salvador, Green accomplished a very, very big thing internationally. Green came on as a late substitute with the U.S. in desperation mode, down 2–0 in the second half of extra time. Almost as soon as he came on, Green scored on a beautiful right-footed volley off a brilliant pass from Michael Bradley.

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The goal looked just like the one Fabian Johnson scored, again off a pass from Bradley, in a pre–World Cup friendly against Turkey.