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MONACO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Javier Hernandez (R) of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Monaco FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Louis II Stadium on September 27, 2016 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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VIDEO: Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scores 100th goal in Europe

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Javier Hernandez continues to do what he does best: score goals by the bucket load.

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On Tuesday the Mexican national team striker, 28, scored for Bayer Leverkusen at AS Monaco in the UEFA Champions League and that brought up a big milestone for Chicharito.

The goal below was his 100th since moving to Europe in 2010.

What’s even more impressive is that he’s reached that milestone in 237 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Leverkusen over the past six years. Don’t forget, most of his appearances for United and Real were off the bench too.

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The El Tri star has been reborn since moving to the Bundesliga last summer and he now has 32 goals in 47 games for Bayer, including four goals in his past two games for the German club.

Fans of the U.S. national team will be hoping Chicharito uses up all his goals in the next few weeks and his scoring streak ends for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier between the USA and Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 11.


U.S. Soccer officially announces Columbus as USMNT-Mexico destination

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Fans unfurl a large U.S. flag after the U.S. Men's National Team scored their second goal against Mexico in the second half at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Mexico 2-0.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The United States’ Hex home date with Mexico will officially kick off the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Nov. 11, and it’ll go down at the home of the Crew.

MAPFRE Stadium will against host the match-up between the U.S. and Mexico, as the USMNT hopes to avenge its CONCACAF Cup loss in October. That defeat was the first U.S. loss to Mexico since June 25, 2011.

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The Yanks have played four-straight Hex home games against Mexico in Columbus, winning all by the celebrated score line “Dos a Cero”.

“It means a lot to us to play Mexico in Columbus,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Columbus is for us what Azteca Stadium is for them. It’s a game where emotions will go through the roof, and we need to have our crowd behind us bringing their voice against our biggest rival. We know they will. Columbus will rock.”

Those seeking tickets can head here. Good luck. I’ve been to a¬†USMNT-Mexico match in Columbus amongst the fans, and it was one of the most memorable sporting events of my life.

Bundesliga wrap: Blowouts a-plenty; BVB’s Pulisic has goal, 2 assists

Dortmund's Emre Mor, left, celebrates with Dortmund's Felix Passlack and Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, right, after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Darmstadt in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Dortmund defeated Darmstadt with 6-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Christian Pulisic isn’t just making American eyes notice his play now, as Borussia Dortmund’s 12-goal week in and out of Germany has BVB very much on the European radar.

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The American had another start and a huge offensive day as BVB piled up one of several big score lines on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

The USMNT wasn’t the only CONCACAF man to score, as¬†El Tri men traded goals in Frankfurt. Read on for more.

Borussia Dortmund 6-0 Darmstadt

The array of young talent assembled by Borussia Dortmund is astounding, as the German giants clobbered Darmstadt despite not using Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Marco Reus in the lineup.

American star Christian Pulisic prepared for his 18th birthday, which is Sunday, by coring and adding two assists in 90 minutes of work, while Gonzalo Castro scored twice and Adrian Ramos, Emre Mor, and Sebastian Rode added goals as well.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Ingolstadt

The reigning champs stayed perfect despite an early scare from Dario Lezcano and the visitors. Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso, and Rafinha scored and Bayern possessed heavily, even if the Bavarians were out-attempted 13-10.

Hamburger SV 0-4 RB Leipzig

The new boys stayed undefeated as well, as Leipzig went into Hamburg and made sure USMNT striker Bobby Wood wouldn’t keep up his scoring ways. Young Germany prospect Timo Werner scored twice for Leipzig, and¬†Emil Forsberg converted a penalty. Substitute Davie Selke also netted in the win.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Alexander Meier scored early before Mexicans traded goals¬†with Bayer’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez equalizing before longtime CD Guadalajara man Marco Fabian found the winner in the 79th minute.

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen

Thorgan Hazard and Raffael each bagged a brace before the game was half done, but neither found the hat trick. Olympic star and ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry scored his first Werder Bremen goal in the loss.

Hoffenheim 0-0 Wolfsburg

The movie poster would read: Each team attempted 20 shots. Neither team scored.

Standings

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

Ex-U.S. U-20 captain leaves Liga MX for Sporting KC

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Former U.S. U-20 captain Benji Joya is headed (back) to Major League Soccer.

Joya, 22, joins Sporting KC after spending most of the last half-decade in Liga MX.

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Property of Santos Laguna since 2011, Joya played four times for Los Guerreros in addition to loan spells at Club Necaxa and Chicago Fire.

While with Chicago in 2014, Joya made 12 appearances and scored once.

The 5-foot-8 midfielder is California-born, and maybe 19 appearances with 4 goals for the U.S. U-20 side and played four games with a single goal for the U-23 side.

Honduras draws Mexico to make Hex despite Canada’s win vs El Salvador

Canada's Adam Straith, top center, is sent flying after colliding with El Salvador's Roberto Dominguez during the first half of a CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying match Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Canada got the win, but it wasn’t enough to book a slot in the Hex.

The Canadians topped El Salvador 3-1 in Vancouver, but Honduras played five at the back and drew Mexico 0-0 at Estadio Azteca to snare the sixth slot in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

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Mexico misfired all night at home in a bid to go a perfect six-for-six in the semifinal round of qualifying, and Honduras fought tooth and nail to keep El Tri at bay.

Hirving Lozano missed a sitter, and Miguel Layun swept several shots over or around the frame at the Azteca. Hector Moreno flashed an in-close header wide in stoppage time.

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Meanwhile in Canada, the Canucks did most of their job. Cyle Larin scored early and Nikolas Ledgerwood added a 53rd minute goal before El Salvador’s Darwin Ceren took his second yellow card of the night to give Canada an even better chance to pile up goals.

Instead, it allowed a goal to El Salvador forward Nelson Bonilla with 12 minutes to play. David Edgar scored in stoppage time to restore the two goal advantage.