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Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig, Gladbach keep pressure on Bayern Munich

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The Bundesliga table has a new leader for at least an evening after RB Leipzig walked over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

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Gladbach also stayed on pace for Leipzig’s numbers with its match-in-hand, while Bayern plays Sunday and chasing Dortmund won on Friday.

RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen

This wasn’t in question at really any point, as Lukas Klostermann, Patrick Schick, and Nordi Mukiele scored by end of the 46th minute. Schick also picked up an assist in the win.

Leipzig’s USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams missed out with a calf injury, but Werder Bremen’s American forward came on for a 25-minute appearance. Josh Sargent had nine touches, three-of-four passing, drew a foul, and won two of five duels.

Leipzig now leads Bayern Munich by two points before the red-hot Bavarian side visits improving Koln on Sunday.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-4 Borussia Monchengladbach

Gladbach got a nice challenge from the relegation-threatened hosts in the first-half, Jonas Hofmann’s opener canceled out by Erik Thommy.

Lars Stindl took over in the second half, scoring twice before Florian Neuhaus put it away.

Marcus Thuram finished the dal with two assists, while Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo also registered helpers.

Lilian’s kid can ball. The 22-year-old Thuram has 10 goals and eight assists so far this season.

Hoffenheim 2-3 Wolfsburg

John Brooks was back in the Starting XI for the visitors, but American interest aside this was all about Wout Weghorst.

Weghorst scored three goals for Wolfsburg, his first since December. He had 11 goals this season by the time the calendar turned to 2020.

His first goal was answered by Christoph Baumgartner assisted by Andrej Kramaric, the latter then making it 2-2 before Weghorst won it with his hat trick goal in the 71st.

Elsewhere

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt — Friday | RECAP
Union Berlin 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Augsburg 1-1 Freiburg
Paderborn 1-2 Hertha Berlin
Koln v. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Mainz v. Schalke — Noon ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 RB Leipzig 22 13 6 3 56 25 31 7-3-1 6-3-2 45
 Bayern Munich 21 13 4 4 58 23 35 7-2-2 6-2-2 43
 Borussia Dortmund 22 12 6 4 63 32 31 8-3-0 4-3-4 42
 Mönchengladbach 21 13 3 5 42 24 18 8-1-1 5-2-4 42
 Bayer Leverkusen 22 12 4 6 38 29 9 5-4-2 7-0-4 40
 FC Schalke 04 21 9 4 32 27 5 5-5-1 4-3-3 35
 SC Freiburg 22 9 6 7 31 31 0 5-2-3 4-4-4 33
 1899 Hoffenheim 22 10 3 9 33 35 -2 5-1-6 5-2-3 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 22 8 7 7 28 28 0 3-5-3 5-2-4 31
 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 8 4 10 37 35 2 6-3-2 2-1-8 28
 FC Augsburg 22 7 6 9 34 45 -11 5-3-3 2-3-6 27
 1. FC Union Berlin 22 8 2 12 27 35 -8 6-0-5 2-2-7 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 22 7 5 10 27 38 -11 3-2-6 4-3-4 26
 1. FC Köln 20 7 2 11 27 38 -11 5-1-4 2-1-7 23
 FSV Mainz 05 21 7 0 14 31 48 -17 3-0-7 4-0-7 21
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 4 5 13 21 46 -25 3-2-6 1-3-7 17
 Werder Bremen 22 4 5 13 25 51 -26 1-2-7 3-3-6 17
 SC Paderborn 22 4 4 14 27 47 -20 2-1-9 2-3-5 16

USMNT-eligible Tillman with two assists on 2.Bundesliga debut

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USMNT-eligible playmaker Timothy Tillman made his Greuther Furth debut in style.

Tillman collected the first of two assists just 10 minutes into his 27-minute shift in a 4-2 loss to leaders Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

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The first assist went to Norway international Havard Nielsen with the score 3-0, and the second came in stoppage time when Tillman’s cross was deposited by Kenny Prince Redondo.

Tillman turned 21 last month and has trained with the U.S. at youth levels, though he has not switched allegiances after representing Germany as a youth. His brother Malik, 17, turned out for the U.S. U-15s but has since repped Germany’s U-18s and has been promoted to Bayern Munich’s U-19 side.

He was with Furth’s academy from 2009-15 before signing with Bayern Munich. Tillman played 31 times with six goals for Bayern Munich II, getting two Bundesliga appearances on loan to Nurnberg last season before rejoining Furth last month.

USMNT midfielder Julian Green missed out on the match as his hard-luck with injuries continued in an otherwise strong season.

Furth slips seven points back of the promotion playoff spot with the loss, while Arminia’s 44 points are six points clear of third in the race for automatic promotion.

USMNT keeper Steffen heads back to Man City for tests

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Zack Steffen‘s knee problems aren’t going away.

The USMNT’s No. 1 goalkeeper has been out of the Fortuna Dusseldorf lineup since the start of winter break in the Bundesliga.

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Steffen, 24, is heading back to parent club Manchester City alongside his loan side‘s therapist and “will undergo medical examinations” in England.

Steffen started the first 17 league matches of his tenure in Dusseldorf, keeping two clean sheets for a newly-promoted outfit often under duress.

From Fortuna Dusseldorf’s site, translated:

Fortuna’s physiotherapist Lucas Trittel, who is involved in all processes as part of the medical department, will accompany Steffen to act as a contact person. Both clubs are in constant communication: Fortuna’s sports director Lutz Pfannenstiel and Manchester’s sports director Txiki Begiristain have agreed this procedure in close consultation with the medical departments of both clubs.

This is a significant concern for USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter, as Steffen is as familiar with his system as any starter in the player pool.

The Yanks have the final stage of the CONCACAF Nations League this summer, and European-based friendlies versus Wales and the Netherlands in late March.

Steffen has 17 caps for the United States dating back to January 2018. He’s twice-captained the side under Berhalter.

USMNT-eligible Siebatcheu bags first goal of season for Stade Rennais

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We’ve talked a lot about the USMNT player pool in recent months given its deepest talent in, well, probably history.

The incredible depth overseas means we’ve barely mentioned a Ligue 1 center forward who’s made 20 appearances for Stade Rennais this season, a player on the outskirts of our Top 25.

Perhaps not for much longer.

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Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu has gained support amongst a following of USMNT supporters since disclosing an interest in playing for the Yanks.

The Stade Rennes man got his first goal of the season in stoppage time on Tuesday, bagging the third goal in a French Cup game against fourth-tier opposition ASM Belfort.

The American-born Siebatcheu has represented France at the U-21 level and can also represent Cameroon.

He turns 24 in April and has six Ligue 1 goals to go with five assists in 54 games at France’s top level. Siebatcheu recorded a dynamite Ligue 2 season with Stade Reims in 2017/18, scoring 17 goals with seven assists.

A lack of top-end finishing beyond Jozy Altidore has USMNT fans thirsty for better center forward production while waiting for Josh Sargent and Tim Weah to develop at their clubs.

If the player’s attitude is good, there is no reason to avoid recruiting Siebatcheu.

Americans Abroad: Chandler registers brace in goal-heavy weekend

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A handful of Americans scored over the last three days, making it one of the most action-packed weekends for Americans abroad this year.

Timothy Chandler scored a brace for Eintracht Frankfurt, while Duane Holmes added a goal in Derby County’s thrilling win against Swansea City.

In Belgium, Chris Durkin made the scoresheet, along with Shaq Moore in Spain’s second division.

Here is a list of several other USMNT affiliates making a name for themselves (or not) abroad this weekend.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — Pulisic and Chelsea were inactive this weekend.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — Yedlin and Newcastle were inactive this weekend.

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic —  Robinson did not dress for Wigan on Saturday, days after a failed move to AC Milan. Chelsea, Newcastle and Aston Villa are reportedly monitoring the fullback as a possible summer signing, however. 

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes started and scored a goal in Derby’s 3-2 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old is out with a hamstring injury. There is no timeline on his return.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — The Tiger’s captain played 70 minutes  in Hull City’s 1-1 draw with Reading.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The 34-year-old defender did not dress for QPR on Saturday.

Tim Ream, Fulham — Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luton Town (loan Tottenham Hotspur) — Carter-Vickers started and played 90 minutes in Luton’s 1-0 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday.

Bundesliga

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt — Chandler, arguably, had his best game this season. The defender scored two goals in Frankfurt’s 5-0 thumping of Augsburg on Friday.

John Brooks, Wolfsburg – The 26-year-old defender was left on the bench in Wolfsburg’s draw.

Weston McKennie, Schalke —  McKennie started and played 90 minutes in Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Paderborn on Saturday.

Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf — Steffen is out with an injury, while Morales started and played 90 minutes on Saturday. 

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  Sargent came off the bench and played 21 minutes in Werder Bremen’s 2-0 loss.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Adams started and played 90 minutes as a fullback in RB Leipzig’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach — Borussia Mönchengladbach’s match this weekend was postponed.

Eredivisie

Sergino Dest, Ajax — Ajax’s match this weekend was postponed.

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — The 21-year-old striker came off the bench and played a minute in Venlo’s 1-1 draw with Heerenveen on Saturday.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah didn’t feature for Lille on Friday.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — Jordon-Siebatcheu didn’t feature for Rennes on Saturday.

Honorable Mentions

Chris Durkin, Sint-Truiden — played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Sint-Truiden’s 5-2 win over Eupen on Saturday.

Chris Richards, Bayern II — played 90 minutes and scored a goal in Bayern II’s 4-2 win over Viktoria Koln on Saturday.

Shaq Moore, Tenerife — started and played 85 minutes in Tenerife’s 4-2 win over Extremadura on Saturday.