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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund routs Leipzig, Mainz over Stuttgart

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The opening weekend in Germany provided great action, and Sunday’s marquee matchup saw one of the Bundesliga’s favorites come away with a very impressive performance.

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Borussia Dortmund topped Red Bull Leipzig, 4-1, to kick off Bundesliga play, which included a debut goal from summer signing Axel Witsel and Marco Reus’ 100th-career finish for the club.

The hosts went behind inside the opening minutes after Jean-Kévin Augustin broke the deadlock for Leipzig, however, a number of big Roman Burki saves and a strong attacking output from Dortmund guided Lucien Favre’s side to their first win under the new manager.

Meanwhile, Mainz opened up a winning account in front of its home fans with a 1-0 victory over Stuttgart, with Anthony Ujah netting the winner at Coface Arena.

Sunday Bundesliga results

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Red Bull Leipzig
Mainz 1-0 Stuttgart

Report: RBNY’s Jesse Marsch in discussions to take Leipzig job

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For the second time this year, one of New York’s Major League Soccer sides could be losing its manager under nearly unprecedented terms.

Just last month, New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira left the Eastern Conference club to take over Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

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Now, New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch looks to be nearing a departure from NYCFC’s biggest rivals with still half the MLS regular season remaining.

The Athletic’s Kristian Dyer is reporting that Marsch is “deep in discussions” with RBNY’s parent club over a move to the German Bundesliga next season.

The report states that Marsch could either become the RB Leipzig manager for the 2018/19 season, an assistant coach, or work on the technical staff.

No deal has been finalized between Marsch and Leipzig to this point.

Leipzig is in a unique position, having signed pre-contract with Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann — who will take over at the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Marsch has been with the Red Bulls since 2015, when he replaced Mike Petke at Red Bull Arena. He has since guided the club to a Supporters’ Shield title, as well as an appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals earlier in 2018.

RB Leipzig names Julian Nagelsmann future manager

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Julian Nagelsmann won’t take over at his new club until the 2019/20 season, but Red Bull Leipzig has put a lot of confidence in one of the youngest managers in global football.

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On Thursday, the Bundesliga side announced the appointment of the Hoffenheim coach, who will continue in his current capacity for the upcoming 2018/19 German campaign.

Nagelsmann signs on with Leipzig until the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.

The 30-year-old has spent two seasons managing Hoffenheim, guiding the club to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.

Leipzig is currently without a manager ahead of the next season, so it remains unclear who will take over until Nagelsmann assumes his role in 2019.

Report: USMNT mid Tyler Adams nearing Red Bull Leipzig move

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A World Cup year always presents the opportunity for top-rated players to make big-money moves to new clubs across the globe, and one of Major League Soccer’s elite youngsters appears to already be in the mix for a transfer.

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U.S. Men’s National Team and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams is reportedly close to signing with Red Bull Leipzig of the German Bundesliga, in a move that could occur as early as the summer transfer window.

Metro New York is reporting that a deal could be signed in “the next few days.”

Pro Soccer Talk has learned that the Red Bulls are aiming to delay the transfer until after the MLS Cup Playoffs, which concludes with MLS Cup in early December, so that manager Jesse Marsch has Adams available throughout the postseason, however, a summer move hasn’t been ruled out.

Sources have also confirmed to PST that Adams will likely be loaned out upon completing a move to Leipzig, with Austria, Belgium and Holland among the possible destinations for the young midfielder.

The Harrison side is right up among MLS’ elite clubs in 2018, currently sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff table, while holding several matches in hand.

Adams signed a Homegrown contract with the Red Bulls back in November 2015, and has been a regular in Marsch’s system since the 2017 season.

The 19-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal for the Red Bulls during the 2015 International Champions Cup against Premier League giants Chelsea.

This news comes just a day after reports out of Germany suggested that Marsch, who is in his fourth season as Red Bulls manager, is being considered to replace Ralph Hasenhuttl at Red Bull Leipzig.