Well, well, well…
The Bundesliga table became a lot more interesting by the end of Saturday, as leaders Borussia Dortmund were beaten at home, Bayern looked like Bayern again, and Schalke took three points at Hertha Berlin.
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Congestion, thy name is Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 RB Leipzig
The hits keep on coming for Christian Pulisic, who came off the bench and couldn’t help BVB find an equalizer a few days after he was among the only things working as the USMNT bombed out of World Cup qualification.
The loss at the hands of Ralph Hasenhuettl’s (above) RBL means the end of BVB’s 41-match home unbeaten streak in Bundesliga play. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his ninth and 10th goals for BVB, but Leipzig scored thrice in between the markers to move within three of the leaders.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg
That came after a statement from Jupp Heynckes’ Bavarians, who invited Freiburg into the Allianz Arena and then served them a steaming plate of attack.
Four players joined an own goal on the score sheet and, yes, Robert Lewandowski scored again as Bayern moved two points shy of BVB.
Hertha Berlin 0-2 Schalke
Schalke snapped out of a three-match winless run thanks to a penalty kick goal from Leon Goretzka and an insurance goal from Guido Burgstaller.
Stuttgart 2-1 Koln — Friday
Hannover 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Mainz 3-2 Hamburg
Hoffenheim 2-2 Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Wolfsburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Two players out-of-contract this summer have their futures very much in focus early in this UEFA Champions League season.
Liverpool’s Emre Can and Schalke’s Leon Goretzka are no strangers to the transfer rumor mill, and both players can sign pre-contracts with new homes in January.
The BBC, citing Tuttosport, says Manchester United has joined the pursuit of Goretzka, a race reportedly being contested by Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Juventus.
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The 6-foot-2 midfielder, 22, has an Olympic silver medal to go with a Confederations Cup and 10 caps.
If Goretzka finds his way to Juventus, the Schalke man could meet a new teammate in fellow German midfielder Can.
The 23-year-old is yet to sign a new deal at Anfield, and Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta wants him in Turin. Marotta does not expect Liverpool to allow a sale in January, but hopes to sign him to a pre-contract around that time.
Good friends Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic could be set for a long spell on either side of one of the world’s best derbies.
McKennie, 19, signed a new contract extension with Schalke on Wednesday, committing his future to the club through the 2021-22 season.
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He’d started the last two matches for Schalke, his first two Bundesliga starts, and has become a big part of the club’s future since arriving from FC Dallas.
McKennie did not mince his words when describing his commitment to Gelsenkirchen in a press release:
“It was an easy decision for me to make. I love the club and everything here: my teammates, the head coach and the fans. I’d love to stay here forever.”
Pulisic extended his deal at Dortmund in January, locking him to BVB through 2019-20. Both players could become the most important players on the USMNT within a couple years (Well, Pulisic already is).
Borussia Dortmund is alone atop the Bundesliga table with 16 points and a plus-18 goal differential, while Hoffenheim moved ahead of Bayern Munich for second place on Saturday.
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Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
It wasn’t the Christian Pulisic show this time, as star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a hat trick, Maximilian Philipp added two goals, and Julian Weigl’s knuckling shot from distance rounded out the scoring. Lars Stindl scored for the visitors.
Pulisic went 64 minutes for the hosts.
Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke
A second-straight start for American central midfielder Weston McKennie unfortunately yieled a second-successive loss, as Dennis Geiger scored in the 13th minute and Lukas Rupp salted away the win in the 90th. McKennie went 74 minutes, won seven tackles, and covered 9.47 kilometers in the loss.
RB Leipzig 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Jean-Kevin Augustin and Timo Werner gave last season’s upstarts a 2-0 before Ante Rebic set the stage for a promising final quarter hour with a 77th minute tally.
Bayern Munich 2-2 Wolfsburg — Friday
Stuttgart 0-0 Augsburg
Mainz 1-0 Hertha Berlin
Werder Bremen 0-0 Freiburg
Hannover vs. Koln — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hamburg — Noon ET
A Tuesday quartet of Bundesliga matches features one of extreme interest to American soccer supporters.
Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with Christian Pulisic, nor Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, and Alfredo Morales.
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Nope, that’s because Bayern Munich’s visit to Schalke will stand as the first Bundesliga start for 19-year-old American midfielder Weston McKennie.
The youngster turned 19 a couple weeks behind his buddy Pulisic, and has four senior appearances for Schalke. He will certainly receive a USMNT call-up soon.
A central midfielder, McKennie is paired with prized asset Leon Goretzka. An even match through 20 minutes, Bayern has just got ahead through a Robert Lewandowski penalty kick given through VAR.