Bayern Munich are in the United States right now as part of their pre-season schedule. The Bundesliga giants faced Guadalajara on Friday in New Jersey and have moved on to Portland where they will be facing the MLS All-Stars tomorrow, August 6th.
Head coach Pep Guardiola held his pre-match press conference yesterday and naturally with the tour being in the States, young American winger Julian Green was sitting alongside the Spaniard to answer questions from the collective American media.
"For the Girls"
But the Champions League winning coach's grasp of the English language sadly failed him when talking about Green. Guardiola said that out of all his players who performed at the World Cup in Brazil, the youngster who has three caps for the Stars and Stripes would play more "for the girls."
The comment, which lowered the tone and can be considered just a bit sexist to the female football fans of America, was presumably made in good spirits and Green himself had no problem with it, showing his excitement at the prospect of playing in front of his own countrymen in the States as a Munich man.
Poor Word Choice
I sincerely hope that what Pep said was simply poor word choice and not at all an actual statement that the only reason the 19-year old will be playing is just so the females in attendance have some eye candy.
Guardiola did prefix his statement by saying that he would be playing for the fans - he added the girls part after - which fortunately does make more sense. Of course the soccer fans Stateside want to see their great young hope, it's not often that the nation has a player with huge potential playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
But, if Green has been put out there for his sex appeal then the Bayern boss is doing a disservice to the likes of Manuel Neuer and MLS midfielder Graham Zusi, players who will be on that Providence Park pitch with their dashing looks come Wednesday night.