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US striker Green fights to show he belongs with Bayern Munich.

US midfielder Julian Green celebrates after scoring the 2-1 during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014

US midfielder Julian Green celebrates after scoring the 2-1 during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA

Washington (AFP) – Bolstered by a dramatic World Cup goal for the United States, 19-year-old striker Julian Green wants to prove he belongs with German champions Bayern Munich.

The German-American prodigy rewarded US coach Jurgen Klinsmann for giving him a World Cup spot by scoring a spectacular volley with his first touch of the ball in Brazil in a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the round of 16.

“The goal was very special to me,” Green said. “It gave me a lot of confidence.”

Now Green wants to return Pep Guardiola’s confidence, the Bayern Munich coach saying he plans on keeping Green this season rather than loaning him out.

“I just want to show the coach I can help him and if I get my chance I will try my best,” Green said Monday after his first post-World Cup workout.

“The relationship is very good. I feel the trust with him (Guardiola). It’s very important for a young player. I want to repay the trust from him.

“The most important thing right now is Bayern. I’m not thinking about a loan or something else. I’m playing for Bayern Munich and I want to stay.”

Green, who said a slight knee injury has fully healed, will be a focus as Bayern play two US warm-up matches for the upcoming Bundesliga campaign, the first Thursday in suburban New York against Chivas of Mexico and the other next week against the Major League Soccer All-Stars, including many of his US World Cup teammates.

“It’s a special game. I’m looking forward to seeing all my teammates from the national team,” Green said.

“Coming with Bayern, it’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to playing and showing how good Bayern Munich is.”

Green said signings such as England‘s Frank Lampard and Spain‘s David Villa for 2015 MLS expansion club New York City FC will help the US league improve quickly.

“It’s good for MLS to get players who played in Europe,” he said. “They have more experience and can make the MLS much better.”

Green learned quite a bit in Brazil, even in a reserve role for the Americans, who were beaten just 1-0 in the group stages by eventual champions Germany, who featured plenty of Bayern talent.

“I learned very much,” Green said. “I saw the best players in the world. I look at (Cristiano) Ronaldo and Xavi and the way they made it (to the top). At 19, it’s very important to have this experience.

“But right now, everything starts new and I’ll do my best.”

Arsenal sign Colombia goalkeeper Ospina

English Premier League side Arsenal said on Sunday they have signed Colombia‘s World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina from French club Nice. London (AFP) Ospina, 25, was one of the stars of the World Cup with spectacular performances as his country … read more

Steven Gerrard leaves England with tears for souvenirs

England's Steven Gerrard walks off the pitch after losing the World Cup match against Uruguay on June 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Daniel Garcia)

As Steven Gerrard soaked up thunderous applause from England’s supporters at full-time in Belo Horizonte, he looked surprised and relieved by the generous response to his team’s dismal World Cup campaign. London (AFP) The 17-minute substitute appearance in a meaningless … read more

Messi wins award as best player at World Cup

Argentina's Lionel Messi walks by the World Cup trophy as he goes on the tribune to collect the second place trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won 1-0.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  posted by Bethelhem Abdissa AP – Sports   Lionel Messi has received the award for best player of the World Cup, minutes after his Argentina team lost the final 1-0 to Germany. Messi was selected ahead of Thomas Mueller … read more

Germany became World Cup champion for the fourth time

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  posted by Bethelhem Abdissa Germany wins World Cup on Mario Gotze’s brilliance Germany became World Cup champion for the fourth time on Sunday night, and the first European team in history to clinch soccer’s greatest prize on South American … read more

World Cup final: Five things to watch for in Germany-Argentina

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    posted by Bethelhem Abdissa By Martin Rogers  Yahoo Sports  RIO DE JANEIRO – For the third time in eight World Cups, the two finalists are Argentina and Germany, two countries with fine soccer traditions. To be fair, plenty of … read more

Brazil booed as Netherlands claim third

(L-R) Brazil's defender Marcelo, injured forward Neymar, forward Fred and defender Henrique react on the bench at the end of the third place play-off match between Brazil and Netherlands on July 12, 2014 (AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini)

posted by : Bethelhem Abdissa Brazil’s miserable World Cup campaign ended to a chorus of boos on Saturday as the hosts slumped to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third place playoff match.  A penalty from Robin van … read more

Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties

Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez, left, celebrates with goalkeeper Sergio Romero (1) after Rodriguez scored the decisive penalty kick during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup final against Germany. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)

The World Cup’s second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show. Argentina goalie Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to … read more