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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern perfect; USMNT’s Morales leads Fortuna win

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Six Bundesliga teams remain unbeaten through three matches in league play to start the season, and it could be seven on Sunday if Werder Bremen keeps Nurnberg amongst the group six without wins.

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Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

An early penalty raised eyebrows, but the perennial champions removed the alarm as Corentin Tolisso and Arjen Robben had Bayern on top by the end of the 19th minute. James Rodriguez scored in the 89th minute salt away the win, moving Bayern to 3-0 in league play under Niko Kovac.

Bayer is now 0-3 to start the Bundesliga season.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Hoffenheim

USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales scored his first Bundesliga goal since Dec. 2016, and his new club Fortuna Dusseldorf scooped up its first win of this stint in Germany’s top flight. Dodi Lukebakio scored the winner with an 88th minute penalty kick after Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson equalized for the visitors.

RB Leipzig 3-2 Hannover 96

Timo Werner scored in each half and Yussuf Poulsen also scored for RBL, a much needed first win after a draw and loss in the first two matches.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt — Friday
Mainz 2-1 Augsburg
Wolfsburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Schalke
Werder Bremen vs. Nurnberg
Freiburg vs. Stuttgart

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 3 3 0 0 9 2 7 2-0-0 1-0-0 9
 Borussia Dortmund 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 3 2 1 0 7 4 3 1-1-0 1-0-0 7
 Hertha BSC Berlin 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 1-0-0 1-1-0 7
 Mönchengladbach 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 FSV Mainz 05 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 2-0-0 0-1-0 7
 Werder Bremen 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 0-1-0 1-0-0 4
 FC Augsburg 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 0-1-0 1-0-1 4
 Fortuna Düsseldorf 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 1-0-1 0-1-0 4
 RB Leipzig 3 1 1 1 5 7 -2 1-1-0 0-0-1 4
 1899 Hoffenheim 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 1-0-0 0-0-2 3
 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 0-0-1 1-0-1 3
 Hannover 96 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 0-1-0 0-1-1 2
 1. FC Nürnberg 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 0-1-0 0-0-1 1
 FC Schalke 04 3 0 0 3 2 6 -4 0-0-1 0-0-2 0
 SC Freiburg 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 VfB Stuttgart 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 Bayer Leverkusen 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6 0-0-1 0-0-2 0

VIDEO: USMNT midfielder Morales nets bullet header vs. Bayer

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Alfredo Morales is a player who seems to have been off the U.S. national team radar for quite some time now.

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If he keeps scoring goals like this, he’ll likely be in Bruce Arena’s plans for his opening months back in charge of the USMNT.

Morales, 26, has 13 caps for the U.S. under former manager Jurgen Klinsmann but the central midfielder never really got going for the Stars and Stripes.

He’s had a stop-start season with Bundesliga side Ingolstadt — he was promoted to the German top-flight with them in 2015 — but German born Morales scored his first of the season on Sunday, a beautiful header in their shock 2-1 win away at UEFA Champions League last 16 side Bayer Leverkusen.

Ingolstadt beat RB Leipzig 1-0 last time out as they’re beginning to gain quite a penchant for upset wins, however they still sit third from bottom in the table.

Click play on the video below to see Morales’ goal.

Surely he, like many others, will have a clean slate under Arena and a chance to prove he’s worth to the USMNT in the important months ahead.

Bundesliga wrap: Goals for Chicharito, USMNT’s Morales (video)

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The stage is set for a massive Sunday in Germany after Saturday’s results kept the doors open near the bottom and top of the table.

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Sunday’s matches see Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt trying to climb out of the drop zone despite top end opposition in Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz.

Before we get to any of that, how about a hand for Christian Pulisic? The 17-year-old USMNT player has now scored twice in as many Bundesliga games after burying a rebound against Stuttgart (Watch here) in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win.

Hertha Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich

The table leaders also won, but their three points might be trumped as a story line by Hertha’s failure to strengthen its Top Four hopes. Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa scored for Bayern, which leads BVB by 7 points.

Ingolstadt 2-2 Hannover
The visitors came back to get a moral victory in this draw, after Moritz Hartmann and USMNT midfielder Alfredo Morales staked the hosts to a 2-0 lead by the 26th minute. Hannover’s Japanese duo of Hiroki Sakai and Hiroshi Kiyotake scored second-half goals to snag a point for the relegation-bound side.

Morales’ goal was his first Bundesliga tally after 29 games in the Germany’s top flight for the American defensive midfielder.

Schalke 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Why is it that big comebacks all seem to hit on the same day. First Liverpool-Newcastle and Ingolstadt-Hannover, and the coup de grace came when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez put home a 60th minute winner to complete Bayer’s comeback from a 2-0 deficit at Schalke. The three Bayer goals came in 7 minutes, with Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi also scored.

Elsewhere
Hamburg 2-1 Werder Bremen — Pierre-Michel Lasogga with brace.
Koln 4-1 Darmstadt — Risse, Modeste each score twice.
Wolfsburg 0-2 Augsburg — Finnbogason nets in first minute
Stuttgart 0-3 Dortmund — Kagawa, Mkhitaryan also score
‘Gladbach vs. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Mainz — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 31 26 3 2 74 14 60 14-0-1 12-3-1 81
Borussia Dortmund 31 23 5 3 75 30 45 13-2-0 10-3-3 74
Bayer Leverkusen 31 16 6 9 50 35 15 8-3-4 8-3-5 54
Hertha BSC Berlin 31 14 7 10 40 38 2 9-5-2 5-2-8 49
Mönchengladbach 30 14 3 13 59 47 12 11-1-3 3-2-10 45
FSV Mainz 05 30 13 6 11 42 39 3 8-2-5 5-4-6 45
FC Schalke 04 31 13 6 12 43 46 -3 8-4-4 5-2-8 45
1. FC Köln 31 10 10 11 36 40 -4 5-4-7 5-6-4 40
FC Ingolstadt 04 31 10 10 11 29 35 -6 7-5-4 3-5-7 40
VfL Wolfsburg 31 10 9 12 42 43 -1 8-5-3 2-4-9 39
Hamburger SV 31 10 7 14 37 44 -7 5-4-7 5-3-7 37
FC Augsburg 31 9 9 13 40 48 -8 3-5-7 6-4-6 36
Darmstadt 31 8 11 12 35 48 -13 2-6-7 6-5-5 35
1899 Hoffenheim 30 8 10 12 35 45 -10 5-6-4 3-4-8 34
VfB Stuttgart 31 9 6 16 46 63 -17 6-1-9 3-5-7 33
Werder Bremen 31 8 7 16 43 63 -20 3-5-7 5-2-9 31
Eintracht Frankfurt 30 6 9 15 29 49 -20 4-6-5 2-3-10 27
Hannover 96 31 6 4 21 28 56 -28 3-0-12 3-4-9 22

Nutmeg pass from USMNT’s Morales leads to Ingolstadt’s first Bundesliga goal

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FC Ingolstadt’s Bundesliga debut started swimmingly, and a United States men’s national team player played a big role in the match’s only goal.

Alfredo Morales, working from the left side of a three-man attacking midfield, nutmegged a defender with a pass that Lukas Hinterseer buried for a 66th minute goal against Mainz.

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It’s Opening Day in the Bundesliga, and one the 25-year-old U.S. midfielder will surely remember for the rest of his life. Morales led his team in distance covered, and played all 90 minutes in the win.

Beasley’s out of retirement as Klinsmann makes trio of moves for Gold Cup’s knockout rounds

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DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon are now member of this summer’s USMNT Gold Cup squad, as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks to tidy up his squad a messy but successful group stage.

Gone are Jozy Altidore, Greg Garza and Alfredo Morales. Altidore “just wasn’t there yet”, according to Klinsmann.

Klinsmann is probably looking to push Fabian Johnson forward with the addition of Beasley, Houston’s dynamic left back who also can play as a winger. Beasley had been retired from international play for less than a year, and will look to build on his 121 caps and 17 goals.

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Morales has struggled mightily for the USMNT on several occasions, and Monday’s tie with Panama might’ve been his toughest outing yet. In adding Corona, Klinsmann snares a Gold Cup winner who’s scored twice in the tournament.

Garza leaves after being a last-minute replacement for Brad Davis. Gordon gives Klinsmann cover at forward, and the big 33-year-old striker has only one cap for the U.S. (in 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda, where he picked up an assist).

The Gordon move will confuse some, but the big add is Beasley. His experience and leadership is invaluable, and he can be a marked upgrade in certain situations.