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31st Jul 2016

Fans lose their shit as American striker scores first-half hat-trick for Bayern Munich

The future...

Tom Victor

After a bit of a false start, could it be time for Julian Green to make his mark?

The American international burst onto the scene with a goal against Belgium at the 2014 World Cup, but has struggled for both goals and minutes since.

What do we mean by struggled? Well, he got just 62 minutes of action with Bayern Munich last season (no, he didn’t score) after five appearances on loan with Hamburg the season before (one start, no goals).

He’s fared quite a bit better for Bayern’s second string, but at 21 he’s reaching the stage in his career where he’d hope to break through.

A pre-season tour of his home country offered an opportunity for the Floridian to make an impression, and he did more than that, scoring a first-half hat-trick in a friendly against Internazionale.

Those American fans watching the game offered a balanced assessment, acknowledging that we shouldn’t read too much into pre-season friendlies.

Just kidding.

Of course, there has never been another example of a player banging in the goals in a pre-season game and then failing to produce when it matters.

No, nothing to worry about there. No reason to consider this an overreaction whatsoever.

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