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Americans Abroad: Weekend roundup

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Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham stole the show in Chelsea’s victory, but Christian Pulisic recorded his first Premier League assist.

In Germany, although in different competitions, Alfredo Morelos and Terrence Boyd opened their scoring accounts. Also in Germany, coming on as a substitute, Timmy Chandler assisted late in Eintracht Frankfurt’s loss.

75 minutes into his Austrian Bundesliga debut, Erik Palmer-Brown was shown a straight red card and sent off.

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 played 84 minutes and recorded his first Premier League assist, setting up Mason Mount for Chelsea’s second goal in their 3-2 victory over Norwich City.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — The fullback remains sidelined as he continues to recover from a groin injury. There’s no timeline on his return.

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic — Robinson started and went all 90 minutes for the Latics in their 3-1 loss to Geoff Cameron‘s QPR.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — The 24-year-old started but came off in the 10th minutes due to a reported hamstring injury in Reading’s 2-0 against Huddersfield Town.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — The Tigers captain was sidelined for Hull City’s 3-1 loss to Bristol City due to injury.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — The defender didn’t feature for QPR – on the field or on the bench – for the first time this season, having played at midweek.

Tim Ream, Fulham — 90 minutes and a start for the 31-year-old in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Earlier this week, Ream extended his contract at Craven Cottage until 2021.

Eredivisie

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — Wright is starting to fall in VVV-Venlo’s pecking order. On Sunday, the 21-year-old was not called off the bench in his team’s 2-1 win over FC Utrecht.

Sergino Dest, Ajax — Ajax are inactive this weekend.

Desevio Payne, FC Emmen — The U-23 MNT fullback didn’t play in FC Emmen’s 2-1 loss to Willem II.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Lille are inactive this weekend.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — On Sunday, the Washington D.C. native came on as substitute and played 45 minutes in Rennes’ 2-0 win over Strasbourg.

Bundesliga

Weston McKennie, Schalke — Early signs indicate McKennie will, once again, be a vital piece at Schalke. On Saturday, the midfielder started and played all 90 minutes in his side’s 3-0 to Bayern Munich.

Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf Steffen and Morales started and went all 90 minutes in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Morales was Fortuna’s lone bright spot, scoring his first goal of the season.

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  The 19-year-old stayed on the bench in Werder Bremen’s 3-2 loss to Hoffenheim.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach — Johnson, who didn’t start last week, started and played 81 minutes in Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 win over Mainz.

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt In his first minutes of the new season, Chandler recorded an assist in Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig. The fullback played 13 minutes on Sunday.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Adams didn’t feature for Leipzig as he continues to deal with a reported “complicated” injury.

Honorable Mentions:

Erik Palmer-Brown, Austria Wein – Palmer-Brown’s stint in Austria is off to a poor start. In his league debut, the defender saw a straight red card in the 75th minute.

Terrence Boyd, Hallescher FC – Meanwhile in Germany, all things indicate that Boyd is feeling comfortable. The ex-Toronto striker scored a goal and played 82 minutes in Hallescher FC’s 3-0 win over Unterhaching in Germany’s third division.

Bundesliga wrap: Lewandowski scores hat trick for Bayern; USMNT’s Morales scores

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What a good day (well, 2 days) for the visitors.

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Bayern, Gladbach, Bayer, and Freiburg joined Friday winners Borussia Dortmund in being in the away locker room and the win column on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

Newly-promoted Union Berlin got a point away from home, too, and Werder Bremen scored twice and nearly took a point off Werder Bremen.

Boo home teams. Boo.

Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich

A Robert Lewandowski hat trick betrayed a halfway decent effort by Schalke as Bayern rebounded from a season-opening draw to claim all three points at the Veltins Arena.

On the American side, only Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich covered more ground than Schalke’s Weston McKennie’s 12.36 km. McKennie registered a shot and completed 32 of his 34 passes.

Mainz 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Stefan Lainer, Alassane Plea, and Breel Embolo all scored in Gladbach’s comeback from an early concession.

USMNT midfielder Fabian Johnson subbed off after 79 minutes after Embolo scored Gladbach’s final goal, registering 10 won tackles.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

USMNT goalkeeper and Man City loanee Zack Steffen had a Man of the Match performance last week for the hosts, and was under siege again this time to less success.

An American player did produce a goal in the contest, with Alfredo Morales scoring for his fourth-consecutive Bundesliga campaign. Throw in the second tier, and the midfielder has scored in eight-straight German seasons between his current team, Ingolstadt, and Hertha Berlin.

Morales covered the second-most ground for Dusseldorf. At 29, could he be one of the new faces that Gregg Berhalter wants to see this September with the USMNT? Probably not, but it’d be neat.

Elsewhere

Koln 1-3 Borussia Dortmund — Friday
Augsburg 1-1 Union Berlin
Paderborn 1-3 Freiburg
Hoffenheim 3-2 Werder Bremen
RB Leipzig v. Eintracht Frankfurt — 9:30 am. ET Sunday
Hertha Berlin v. Wolfsburg — Noon ET Sunday

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