American Exports: Julian Green eyes new challenge with loan deal to Hamburg
AMSTERDAM – Hamburg loan catch Julian Green says he is eager to get his first taste of Bundesliga action upon returning to Germany after Wednesday's US friendly in the Czech Republic.
The move, which coalesced in a matter of days and was the biggest on an otherwise quiet Deadline Day for American Exports in Europe, was completed late Sunday night and announced by parent club Bayern Munich on Monday afternoon.
"It was a bit short notice, but I am feeling very good with this decision," Green told MLSsoccer.com by email before flying off to USMNT camp in Prague. "I am looking forward to this season and hope to get much time on the pitch. It will be playing time on a top level, a chance to assert myself and hopefully I will score many Bundesliga goals."
Green, who has only appeared for Bayern in Champions League play, will get his first shot at an HSV league debut when they visit Hannover 96 on Sunday. Though Die Rothosen are the only club to play in every Bundesliga season since its 1963 formation, they are still recovering from a lowest-ever 16th place finish last term.
Hamburg have opened the new season with no goals and one point from the first two matches, making another difference-maker in attack very welcome. Conversely, Green feels a season-long seasoning stint running with an offense led by skipper and Netherlands star Rafael van der Vaart is just the tonic for his development.
"HSV is a Bundesliga club with a great history and tradition, and several players with much experience," said Green. "I am looking forward to getting to know the whole team and learn from them.
"I am sure it will be an exciting season! I am very happy about the chance and ready to accept this new challenge!"
Green will seek his third cap – and first since scoring a goal in his World Cup debut for the Americans in July – when the US take on the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
In other Deadline Day news, US handyman Geoff Cameron will stay put at EPL side Stoke City after the club declied interest from Sunderland, Hull City and Southampton. Cameron’s agent told MLSsoccer.com last week that none of the interested parties had named a transfer price to compel Stoke into negotiations at that time.
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is also staying on at Anderlecht after the Belgian side turned down interest from Zulte-Waregem.
US Under-20 international Kris Scott, meanwhile, sealed a move from Swansea City to Leicester City, where he join the reserve team.