Bayern's scorer Mario Goetze, left, celebrates his goal with Bayern's David Alaba of Austria during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in Bremen, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Bayern defeated Bremen with 7-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Bundesliga Report: Bayern knock in seven, Dortmund fall to Leverkusen

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Goals! Goals! Goals galore! Ok, the majority of this weekend’s Bundesliga goals came courtesy of top side Bayern Munich. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the matches didn’t hold a bit of fun. Let’s take a peek.


Nurnberg 1-1 Mainz
Nurnberg wasted a chance to lift themselves up, well, not quite out of the danger zone, but at least to give themselves the opportunity to get out of the drop. Instead Per Nilsson’s fifth minute goal was canceled out by a 75th minute goal from Shinji Okazaki. Now Nurnberg remain in the relegation zone, with Mainz up in seventh.


Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Schalke 04
The visitors got things started with a penalty converted by Jefferson Farfán, but that was the brightest part of the day for Schalke. Raffael had things level by the 24th minute, and then Schalke went to pieces just before the break. Benedikt Höwedes picked up a second yellow for a handball inside the area and Max Kruse had no trouble putting Gladbach ahead with his conversion. The hosts were unable to capitalize on their man advantage in the second half, but that shouldn’t worry them much — especially since now they’re even with rivals Dortmund.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Hoffenheim
Eintracht are now just barely out of the relegation zone thanks to their performance against Hoffenheim. All the goals came inside five minutes: Sven Schipplock opened the scoring for the visitors, Joselu put Eintracht back on level terms, and three minutes later, Roberto Firmino sealed all three points for Hoffenheim.

Hamburg 0-1 Augsburg
Raul Bobadilla scored before 20 minutes were up, but, perhaps surprisingly, the visitors didn’t back off. Another goal never came but that’s ok. Augsburg are now eighth in the table, whereas Hamburg are 13th.

Stuttgart 4-2 Hannover
The two sides started the second half all even at 2-2. Martin Harnik and Vedad Ibišević scored for the hosts, Artur Sobiech and Salif Sané for the visitors. But, despite plenty of changes for Hannover in the second half, it was Stuttgart that came away with the win, with Ibrahima Traoré scoring the third and Konstantin Rausch putting it out of reach.

Werder Bremen 0-7 Bayern Munich
Wait, you really want all seven goalscorers for Bayern? Here goes. Werder Bremen kicked things off with an own goal from Assani Lukimya, and then the floodgates opened. Daniel van Buyten put in another six minutes later, and Franck Ribéry had Bayern up 3-0 by the break. Mario Mandžukić put in the first of the second half, Thomas Müller another seven minutes after, Ribéry grabbed a second and Mario Götze put the angel on the top of the Christmas tree with the seventh, in the 90th minute. Bayern: still unbeatable.

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen stretched their second-place lead over Dortmund to six points with a win at the Westfalenstadion. The goal, from Heung-Min Son, came in the 18th minute, and from that point on, the visitors’ primary objective was to make sure Dortmund didn’t score. Mission: accomplished. But now Dortmund have even more to worry about ahead of their final Champions League match against Marseille, with both Sven Bender and Nuri Sahin leaving the match with injury.


Freiburg vs. Wolfsburg
Three points would lift Freiburg out of the danger zone. Three points against a side sitting in sixth. Have fun with that, Freiburg.

Braunschweig vs. Hertha Berlin
Hertha may have struggled a bit in recent weeks, but it seems highly unlikely that they’ll lose to bottom side Braunschweig, who have just eight points on the season.

TFC’s Bradley: “Responsibility, privilege and passion” on line in playoffs

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Michael Bradley #4 of United States looks on against New Zealand in the second half during an International Friendly at RFK Stadium on October 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Toronto FC’s supporters fell in love with the club almost immediately, but it’s taken to Year 10 for the Reds to get a home playoff match.

The latest batch of TFC stars have embraced the battle for relevance, at times even surpassing expectations the lofty expectations of championship-starved Toronto.

[ MORE: Bradley talks TFC renaissance

This is a city which has seen the Blue Jays and Raptors find the precipice of glory in recent seasons, but not reach the apex. The Leafs haven’t been to a Stanley Cup final since the NHL had a whopping six teams.

So winning would be a mighty big accomplishment, right Michael Bradley?


“Being captain or a big player on a team in this city carries an extra weight,” said captain Michael Bradley. “I’ve loved every second of that; playing in this city, for this city, and being captain. It’ll be nights like Wednesday night where the responsibility, privilege and passion that I have for this role will get magnified that much more.”

He has a way with words, doesn’t he? The USMNT captain begins Canada’s quest for a title at 7:30 p.m. ET against visiting Philadelphia.

Whitecaps lock up Welsh coach Robinson through 2020

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 5:  Head coach Carl Robinson (right) of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during their MLS game against the Colorado Rapids April 5, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Colorado won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Vancouver is hanging onto stalwart coach Carl Robinson despite a massively disappointing season.

The Whitecaps were tipped to compete for the Supporters’ Shield, only to miss the playoffs. There were plenty of excuses for the ‘Caps, including an injury to Kekuta Manneh and the transfer of Octavio Rivero.

And Vancouver is alive as the No. 1 seed in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, also claiming the Cascadia Cup.

[ MORE: Nyarko says DC can aim high ]

Robinson has signed an extension through 2020, from

“Carl’s body of work over the course of his five years at the club has shown that he is one of the top up-and-coming head coaches in North America. While this past season was certainly a learning experience for everyone involved within the club, we have complete faith in Carl’s continued vision in acquiring the necessary players to build a team that will compete with the best in MLS.”

Robinson turned 40 this month, and has been leading the ‘Caps since December 2013. This is a smart move for both Vancouver and its coach.

PST shortlists Major League Soccer award candidates

New York City FC forward David Villa, left, and New York City FC defender Chris Wingert celebrate Villa's early goal during the first half of the match between New York City FC and Toronto FC, Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
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Major League Soccer’s playoff run begins tonight with Philadelphia at Toronto and LA hosting Real Salt Lake, and it also gives us a chance to run down the regular season.

We’ve already discussed several items, including Portland and Columbus’ historic flops, DC United’s red-hot form, pre-playoff power rankings, and predictions.

[ MORE: Chalobah’s double nutmeg ]

But what about the season that was, the one that saw Bradley Wright-Phillips snag his second Golden Boot and Colorado nearly grab a shocking Supporters’ Shield?

We rounded up our staff’s opinions to put together combined shortlists for MLS awards.

Rookie of the Year

Jordan Morris (Seattle)
Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia)
Alex Muyl (RBNY)
Jack Harrison (NYCFC)
Jonathan Campbell (Chicago)

Newcomer of the Year

Ronald Matarrita (NYCFC)
Ashley Cole (LA Galaxy)
Tim Howard (Colorado)
Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle)
Jelle van Damme (LA Galaxy)
Luciano Acosta (DC United)
Ola Kamara (Columbus)
Shkelzen Gashi (Colorado)

Goalkeeper of the Year

Brian Rowe (LA Galaxy)
Andre Blake (Philadelphia)
David Bingham (San Jose)
Jake Gleeson (Portland)
Luis Robles (RBNY)

Coach of the Year

Patrick Vieira (NYCFC)
Jesse Marsch (RBNY)
Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado)
Oscar Pareja (Dallas)
Greg Vanney (Toronto)

Most Valuable Player

David Villa (NYCFC)
Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto)
Sacha Kljestan (RBNY)
Bradley Wright-Phillips (RBNY)
Ignacio Piatti (Montreal)
Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle)

Spanish FF fines Valencia for bottle toss; Chastises Barcelona

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22:  FC Barcelona are hit by objects thrown from the seats after Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's third goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Mestalla stadium on October 22, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Spain’s football federation has fined Valencia about $1600 for the water bottle tossed at celebrating Barcelona players on Saturday.

It’s also criticized Barca’s reaction to Neymar being hit with the water bottle.

[ MORE: Watch the incident here ]

Lionel Messi in particular flipped out at fans, who were furious after Barca scored a match-winning penalty and celebrated near the touch line.

From the BBC:

Spain’s football federation criticised the Barca players for their “exaggerated reaction” and for celebrating in front of home fans, but added “nothing justified” the reaction of the Valencia supporters.

There’s an easy joke to make about playacting/diving here, as Luis Suarez hits the deck despite not appearing to be hit.

But it’s critical to remember that these players at the moment don’t have any idea what’s happened, only that they’ve been hit. And Suarez is covering head, perhaps wondering what’s coming next. Neymar laying on the pitch for a while seems a bit overboard, but I don’t blame Messi nor his teammates for being furious with the supporters.

What do you make of it?