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Bundesliga wrap: BVB draws; Bobby Wood blasts another goal home

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Tuesday and Wednesday represent opportunities to gain ground for would-be suitors of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, with the two facing each other on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.

A wasteful day for Dortmund meant their chance was lost, while Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz also squared off.

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Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Augsburg

Young American winger Christian Pulisic started again for BVB, and was a key playmaker whether shooting or passing. Yet BVB went down thanks to Ji Dong-won.

Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz was under siege as the second half began, stopping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off a Pulisic feed just after Ousmane Dembele put BVB level.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz

Branimir Hrgota and Aymen Barkok scored in the first and second halves, respectively, before Hrgota added a second late in the match. USMNT man Timmy Chandler started in the midfield as Eintracht scooped three points.

Hamburger SV 2-1 Schalke

Bobby Wood began the game on the bench for Hamburg after scoring at the weekend, and Hamburg scored one minute after he entered the game. Nicolai Muller nabbed the marker in the 60th minute off an assist from Filip Kostic.

Wood was a more direct contributor in the 81st minute, working his way to a foot of space before hammering an in-box shot home for his second goal in as many games. Schalke pulled one back through 20-year-old Donis Avdijaj, but Hamburg held strong for a huge three points.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Wolfsburg

Daniel Caligiuri lifted the visitors in front after just three minutes, with the assist going to Max Arnold. Thorgan Hazard knotted it up 7 minutes after halftime, but Mario Gomez restored Wolfsburg’s lead with his fourth goal of the season.

USMNT left-sided man Fabian Johnson remains out for Gladbach with an achilles tendon problem.

Wednesday
All matches at 2 p.m. EDT

Hertha Berlin vs. Darmstadt
Koln vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig
Ingolstadt vs. Freiburg
Hoffenheim vs. Werder Bremen

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 15 11 3 1 35 9 26 6-2-0 5-1-1 36
 RB Leipzig 15 11 3 1 31 12 19 6-1-0 5-2-1 36
 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 8 5 3 22 12 10 5-3-0 3-2-3 29
 Borussia Dortmund 16 7 6 3 35 19 16 5-3-0 2-3-3 27
 1899 Hoffenheim 15 6 9 0 27 16 11 4-4-0 2-5-0 27
 Hertha BSC Berlin 15 8 3 4 22 16 6 6-0-1 2-3-3 27
 1. FC Köln 15 6 6 3 20 14 6 4-3-0 2-3-3 24
 Bayer Leverkusen 15 6 2 7 22 23 -1 3-2-3 3-0-4 20
 FSV Mainz 05 16 6 2 8 26 30 -4 4-1-2 2-1-6 20
 SC Freiburg 15 6 2 7 19 26 -7 5-0-2 1-2-5 20
 FC Schalke 04 16 5 3 8 20 19 1 4-1-3 1-2-5 18
 FC Augsburg 16 4 6 6 13 17 -4 2-3-3 2-3-3 18
 VfL Wolfsburg 16 4 4 8 15 24 -9 1-2-5 3-2-3 16
 Mönchengladbach 16 4 4 8 15 25 -10 4-3-2 0-1-6 16
 Werder Bremen 15 4 3 8 19 33 -14 3-1-4 1-2-4 15
 Hamburger SV 16 3 4 9 14 31 -17 2-2-4 1-2-5 13
 FC Ingolstadt 04 15 3 3 9 13 25 -12 1-2-4 2-1-5 12
 Darmstadt 15 2 2 11 11 28 -17 2-2-4 0-0-7 8

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Day 9: USMNT tops Group F and more from the U20 World Cup

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Five teams booked their place in the knockout phase at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup on Sunday, including Tab Ramos and the U.S. after the Americans picked up a valuable point to finish atop Group F.

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USMNT U-20s 1-1 Saudi Arabia

An unbeaten record in group play has Ramos and Co. moving on to the Round of 16, where the U.S. will meet New Zealand. Brooks Lennon inked his name on the scoresheet for the first time at this month’s World Cup just prior to halftime, before Abdulelah Alamri equalized with almost a quarter hour left to play.

Senegal 0-0 Ecuador

A draw was all Senegal needed to ensure it would continue its run at the World Cup, while Ecuador fell short of a final 16 bid after only managing two draws during Group F play.

New Zealand 0-2 France

With nine goals for and none conceded during Group E play, France remains one of the heavy hitters at the conclusion of the group phase. Les Bleus received a strong contribution from Bastia winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who netted twice in the first half.

Honduras 2-0 Vietnam

Honduras scored twice in the final 14 minutes-plus added time but neither nation reaches the Round of 16 with Sunday’s result.

Daly collapses during match, treated for heat illness

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HOUSTON (AP) Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly collapsed during the final minute of a National Women’s Soccer League match against the Seattle Reign as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

The 25-year-old Daly was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital, where the team said she was being treated for heat illness.

The temperature at BBVA Compass Stadium was 92 degrees at the 3 p.m. kickoff. The Reign won 2-0.

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The NWSL issued a statement that said the league had worked with the Dash before the season to schedule any afternoon games early in the year to help avoid heat issues. The teams took a hydration break late in the match.

“We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future,” the statement said.

Reign coach Laura Harvey posted to Twitter: “Proud of the team today. Some of the hottest conditions I’ve seen. Road games are tough but that was crazy.”

MLS roundup: Outrageous dive, posts doom ‘Caps; Ramirez stays red hot

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Six matches are in the books on a busy Saturday in Major League Soccer, and five of them finished 1-0.

How they got there? Much different stories. With the Cali Clasico still to play, let’s dig into the five that followed Seattle 1-0 Portland.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 DC United

It’s especially difficult to win on the road in Major League Soccer, unless the hosts fritter away four good chances off the woodwork — including a Cristian Techera PK — and give away a spot kick of their own. Lamar Neagle converted the 61st offering after a sinister dive from Jose Guillermo Ortiz. He was taken off soon after, and is probably going to miss sometime when the DisCo is done with him. Outrageous.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution

Not one, not two, nor three, but four New England players saw a low cross slide by them for Daniel Royer to finish as New York came from behind to take all three points at Red Bull Arena. Cody Cropper committed a gaffe that allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to equalize after a Lee Nguyen PK had put the Revs ahead early.

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC

Homegrown defender and University of Denver product Kortne Ford has his first MLS goal, as the Rapids surprised the Western Conference leaders on Saturday. SKC outshot Colorado by nearly 20 attempts (Shoulder shrug emoji).

Minnesota United 1-0 Orlando City

There were questions as to whether NASL superstar Christian Ramirez could translate his game to Major League Soccer.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Ramirez has eight goals in 13 MLS matches, and should be hearing his name from a certain Bruce Arena around Gold Cup time. Those USMNT dreams of last season should come true.

Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves for his third shutout of the season. All have come at home.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

Joao Plata keeps shooting, and the tiny Ecuadorian menace keeps scoring, too. His 36th minute goal was enough for the hosts at Rio Tinto.

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

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Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.