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Green makes second straight start for US soccer team

October 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julian Green made his second consecutive start for the U.S. National Team in Tuesday’s exhibition against New Zealand after impressing in a 2-0 victory at Cuba last Friday.

Green, a 21-year-old German-American winger who has been on the fringes of the 18-man roster at European power Bayern Munich, scored the Americans’ second goal in Havana while pairing with forward Chris Wondolowski.

On Monday, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Green had surprised and impressed him in the match and team training.

Green’s first U.S. goal came in the 2014 World Cup, when he scored in overtime as a late sub in a 2-1 round-of-16 loss to Belgium.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his first start for the U.S. in a lineup that had six changes from Friday, and midfielder Perry Kitchen made his second international start at his former home MLS stadium.

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