Bayern's Mats Hummels, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen 04 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern, Eintracht keep pace with Leipzig

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RB Leipzig’s big Friday win meant the field was left chasing the leaders when Saturday action began in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt managed to keep pace with the promotion upstarts, while Borussia Dortmund, Koln, and Hoffenheim dropped points.

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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 77th minute equalizer was only a brief relief for Dortmund, as Haris Seferovic scored two minutes later to give the hosts all three points.

USMNT back Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes at left wingback for Eintracht, while Christian Pulisic got a breather after playing midweek in the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern Munich 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

The reigning champs kept pace with first place RB Leipzig, opening the scoring through Thiago Alcantara in the 30th minute before conceding an equalizer to Hakan Calhanoglu.

But Mats Hummels powered a header home in the 56th minute to put Bayern back ahead.

Elsewhere

Freiburg 1-4 RB Leipzig — Friday
Hamburg 2-2 Werder Bremen — Gnabry nabs equalizer
Koln 0-0 Augsburg — Five saves for Koln’s Kessler
Monchengladbach 1-1 Hoffenheim — Dahoud scores again
Ingolstadt 1-1 Wolfsburg — Daniel Caligiuri equalizes late
Schalke vs. Darmstadt — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Hertha Berlin vs. Mainz — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 RB Leipzig 12 9 3 0 27 10 17 4-1-0 5-2-0 30
 Bayern Munich 12 8 3 1 26 8 18 5-2-0 3-1-1 27
 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 7 3 2 18 10 8 4-2-0 3-1-2 24
 1. FC Köln 12 6 4 2 18 8 10 4-2-0 2-2-2 22
 1899 Hoffenheim 12 5 7 0 21 14 7 3-3-0 2-4-0 22
 Borussia Dortmund 12 6 3 3 27 14 13 4-2-0 2-1-3 21
 Hertha BSC Berlin 11 6 3 2 17 10 7 5-0-0 1-3-2 21
 FSV Mainz 05 11 5 2 4 21 20 1 3-1-1 2-1-3 17
 Bayer Leverkusen 12 5 1 6 19 20 -1 3-1-2 2-0-4 16
 SC Freiburg 12 5 0 7 16 24 -8 4-0-2 1-0-5 15
 FC Schalke 04 11 4 2 5 14 12 2 3-0-2 1-2-3 14
 FC Augsburg 12 3 4 5 10 14 -4 1-2-3 2-2-2 13
 Mönchengladbach 12 3 4 5 12 18 -6 3-3-1 0-1-4 13
 VfL Wolfsburg 12 2 4 6 10 15 -5 0-2-4 2-2-2 10
 Darmstadt 11 2 2 7 10 21 -11 2-2-2 0-0-5 8
 Werder Bremen 12 2 2 8 15 31 -16 2-0-4 0-2-4 8
 FC Ingolstadt 04 12 1 3 8 9 22 -13 0-2-4 1-1-4 6
 Hamburger SV 12 0 4 8 8 27 -19 0-2-4 0-2-4 4

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MLS: Le Toux to join D.C., Timbers set to acquire Myers and more

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Two teams are set to bring in experienced players ahead of the new season, while another veteran has said his goodbye to his former club.

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D.C. United has reportedly signed veteran forward Sebastian Le Toux after spending last season with the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids.

According to SB Nation’s Black and Red United, Le Toux has inked a one-year deal with D.C. United. Le Toux has scored 57 goals in his time in MLS, with 50 of those goals coming with the Union.

Le Toux has also previously played for the New York Red Bulls, Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders.


Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers are reportedly set to sign long-time Sporting KC defender Chance Myers, who spent the last nine seasons with the Western Conference side.

The 29-year-old had made 147 appearances for Sporting KC since joining MLS, while adding two goals over that span.


Dax McCarty posted a heartfelt message to New York Red Bulls fans, players and staff following the veteran’s move to the Chicago Fire.

The midfielder was recently traded to the Eastern Conference side after the spending the last five-and-half years with the Red Bulls, where McCarty served as the team’s captain.

Gerrard urges Liverpool to “try and bid for Van Dijk”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Virgil Van Dijk‘s quick rise in the Premier League has caught the attention of many around England, and one of the division’s greats has high hopes the Dutchman will join his former side in the future.

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Steven Gerrard has suggested that Liverpool come out and pursue Van Dijk, who joined Southampton back in 2015 from Scottish side Celtic.

Gerrard — who is set to take a coaching position with Liverpool’s academy — believes the budding star would be a strong fit for the Reds, however, the ex-midfielder realizes it’ll be a hard sell.

“Who I think we need, I would go and try and bid for Van Dijk from Southampton,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “But we’ve had enough of their players so that will probably go down like a lead balloon.”

The 25-year-old has made waves in England’s top flight after quickly proving to be one of the division’s top defenders and helping guide the Saints towards the top half of the table since his arrival.

Report: San Diego making push to become future MLS expansion site

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With the NFL no longer the biggest show in town, San Diego could be bringing another football to the city in the near future.

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According to NBC 7 San Diego, FS Investors founder Mike Stone and former Qualcomm Vice Chairman Steve Altman are prepared to reveal their proposal on Monday that will bring a future MLS franchise to San Diego.

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The proposed move includes a stadium plan that will reside where the Chargers’ Qualcomm Stadium currently sits. With the NFL franchise now playing in Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball are the only remaining professional team in the area, out of the five major sports in the U.S.

NBC 7 is also reporting that a future San Diego team would share its facility with the San Diego State Aztecs football team.

MLS is currently up to 22 teams entering the 2017 season, while Los Angeles FC is also tabbed to enter the league next year. David Beckham’s Miami project is also considered to be the league’s 24th team, and MLS is likely to hold off on further announcements regarding expansion until later in 2017.

If San Diego were to be chosen as an expansion site, the club would become the fourth to call California home in the current state of MLS, joining the San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and LA FC (2018).

In addition to San Diego, several other cities are currently vying to enter MLS in the future, including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Sacramento and Charlotte.

Hull’s Ryan Mason hospitalized following collision with Gary Cahill

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Ryan Mason of Hull City lies injured after the collision with Gary Cahill of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Ryan Mason has undergone surgery following a scary collision with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill on Sunday.

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The Hull City midfielder was injured after knocking heads with Cahill during first half of the 2-0 defeat to the Blues. Nine minutes of first-half stoppage time were needed after Mason stayed down on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

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It has been confirmed by the club that Mason suffered a skull fracture, while it is has also been speculated that the 25-year-old could have had bleeding on his brain.

Mason will remain hospitalized for the “next few days,” according to the Tigers.

“The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery.

“Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.
“Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.

“A further update will be issued tomorrow.”

While Mason was forced off during the match due to the injury, Cahill managed to continue for Chelsea and scored the game’s second goal.