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Bundesliga wrap: RB Leipzig slips; USMNT’s Chandler scores

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There’s congestion at the top and bottom of the Bundesliga table, as RB Leipzig fell to Freiburg and Koln continued its long climb back from a horrible start to the season.

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Schalke can go second with a Sunday win, while Bayern’s table lead could be as much as 16 if it wins its match.

Freiburg 2-1 RB Leipzig

The hosts moved further clear of relegation danger and put the race for second place into severe congestion with a comeback win against third place RB Leipzig.

Timo Werner had put the visitors ahead in the 65th minute, but Janik Haberer and Robin Koch scored four minutes apart to boost all three points for the hosts.

Freiburg is now seven points clear of the relegation playoff spot, while RBL’s 31 points makes it one of six teams within one point between second and seventh.

Mainz 3-2 Stuttgart

Yoshinori Muto scored on both sides of halftime as Mainz came back from 1-0 down and held on to move four points clear of 16th while Stuttgart is ahead of the victors by a single goal of differential.

Wolfsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

American midfielder Timmy Chandler scored for the first time in three Bundesliga seasons and Eintracht Frankfurt pulled into a tie for fifth place with a win at Wolfsburg. Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic also scored for the visitors.

“It’s not such a difficult thing whether it’s my right or left, because I can also play with my left,” Chandler joked after the win.

Hamburg 0-2 Koln

Simon Terodde scored his second and third goals in two matches for Koln, and the visitors continued their climb out of the Bundesliga basement with a third-straight win.

Elsewhere
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Borussia Dortmund — Friday
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Augsburg
Hoffenheim 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Schalke vs. Hannover 96 — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 18 14 2 2 40 12 28 7-1-0 7-1-2 44
 Bayer Leverkusen 19 8 7 4 39 27 12 4-4-1 4-3-3 31
 RB Leipzig 19 9 4 6 31 28 3 6-2-1 3-2-5 31
 Mönchengladbach 19 9 4 6 30 30 0 6-2-2 3-2-4 31
 Borussia Dortmund 19 8 6 5 40 25 15 4-2-3 4-4-2 30
 FC Schalke 04 18 8 6 4 29 24 5 5-3-1 3-3-3 30
 Eintracht Frankfurt 19 8 6 5 24 20 4 2-3-4 6-3-1 30
 FC Augsburg 19 7 6 6 28 25 3 4-4-2 3-2-4 27
 1899 Hoffenheim 19 7 6 6 29 27 2 5-3-2 2-3-4 27
 Hannover 96 18 7 5 6 27 28 -1 5-3-1 2-2-5 26
 Hertha BSC Berlin 19 6 7 6 27 27 0 4-3-3 2-4-3 25
 SC Freiburg 19 5 8 6 20 33 -13 4-5-1 1-3-5 23
 VfL Wolfsburg 19 3 11 5 22 24 -2 2-6-2 1-5-3 20
 VfB Stuttgart 19 6 2 11 16 24 -8 6-1-2 0-1-9 20
 FSV Mainz 05 19 5 5 9 24 33 -9 5-1-4 0-4-5 20
 Werder Bremen 18 3 7 8 14 21 -7 2-3-4 1-4-4 16
 Hamburger SV 19 4 3 12 15 28 -13 3-2-5 1-1-7 15
 1. FC Köln 19 3 3 13 14 33 -19 2-1-6 1-2-7 12

WATCH: USMNT’s Chandler scores for Eintracht Frankfurt

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It’s one appearance, one goal for USMNT wide man Timmy Chandler in his 2017-18 campaign with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Granted this goal came against lower-tier competition in the German Cup, but the 29-times capped defender now has two goals and nine assists for Eintracht since transferring from Nurmberg in 2014.

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Chandler, 27, has an unclear role in Bruce Arena’s plans with the USMNT. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann never figured out the right system for the player, and it will be interesting to see if Chandler continues to be instrumental in his European club but an odd-shaped piece in his national team’s jigsaw puzzle.

Bundesliga wrap: USMNT’s Chandler, Mexico’s Fabian team up to hold Bayern

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A wild Bundesliga weekend set the stage for top-half upheaval next week, as Bayern Munich dropped points to leave three teams within three points of the top in Germany.

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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich tossed away two leads, the second with Eintracht Frankfurt condemned to 10 men, as Szabolcs Huszti and Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored equalizers. Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich scored for the visitors.

USMNT back Timmy Chandler led Eintracht with 58 touches and five crosses, including this pass that Fabian chested home.

Koln 2-1 Ingolstadt

Anthony Modeste scored a pair of first-half goals, the second from the penalty spot, as the hosts moved to within two points of Bayern. USMNT mid Alfredo Morales played 15 minutes off the bench for Ingolstadt.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Hamburg

Cleber took a 25th minute red card for Hamburg, but the hosts missed a pair of penalties through Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl. USMNT striker Bobby Wood played 16 minutes off the bench for Hamburg.

Augsburg 1-1 Schalke

Nabil Bentaleb and Daniel Baier trade goals at Augsburg Arena.

Hoffenheim 2-1 Freiburg

The hosts are unbeaten in seven after Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramaric netted, the latter just four minutes after Florian Niederlechner found an equalizer at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Goals from Zlatko Junuzovic and Ousman Manneh scored for the hosts, with Hakan Calhanoglu netting for Bayer.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hertha Berlin — Friday
Mainz vs. Darmstadt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 7 5 2 0 18 4 14 3-1-0 2-1-0 17
 1. FC Köln 7 4 3 0 12 4 8 3-1-0 1-2-0 15
 Hertha BSC Berlin 7 4 2 1 12 8 4 3-0-0 1-2-1 14
 Borussia Dortmund 7 4 1 2 17 7 10 3-1-0 1-0-2 13
 1899 Hoffenheim 7 3 4 0 13 10 3 2-2-0 1-2-0 13
 RB Leipzig 6 3 3 0 11 5 6 2-1-0 1-2-0 12
 Eintracht Frankfurt 7 3 2 2 10 8 2 2-2-0 1-0-2 11
 Mönchengladbach 7 3 2 2 10 10 0 3-1-0 0-1-2 11
 Bayer Leverkusen 7 3 1 3 11 9 2 2-1-0 1-0-3 10
 SC Freiburg 7 3 0 4 8 11 -3 3-0-0 0-0-4 9
 FSV Mainz 05 6 2 2 2 12 11 1 0-1-1 2-1-1 8
 FC Augsburg 7 2 2 3 6 9 -3 1-1-2 1-1-1 8
 Werder Bremen 7 2 1 4 9 18 -9 2-0-2 0-1-2 7
 VfL Wolfsburg 6 1 3 2 4 7 -3 0-2-1 1-1-1 6
 Darmstadt 6 1 2 3 4 12 -8 1-2-0 0-0-3 5
 FC Schalke 04 7 1 1 5 7 11 -4 1-0-2 0-1-3 4
 Hamburger SV 7 0 2 5 2 12 -10 0-1-2 0-1-3 2
 FC Ingolstadt 04 7 0 1 6 4 14 -10 0-0-3 0-1-3 1

Frankfurt coach Veh says Timmy Chandler should consider saying “No” to USMNT call-ups

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Timmy Chandler’s club coach wants the same thing many USMNT fans do: to see less of him on the U.S. national team.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh says the much-maligned Chandler needs to “get in line” for his Bundesliga playing time, and thinks the back is hurting his chances of club success by continuing to report for U.S. duty.

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Chandler, 25, transferred back to Eintracht Frankfurt last season after spending five seasons with Nurnberg. He’s been capped 26 times by the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, scoring once, but has become a target for fan vitriol due to his mercurial displays on the pitch.

From ESPN:

But Veh believes the summer trips with the United States harm the defender’s club career.

“I understand that he wants to play there. But it doesn’t help me and Eintracht,” he said, according to Bild. “He needs to ask himself what he wants.”

Other U.S. internationals playing in Germany, including Hertha Berlin’s John Anthony Brooks and Gladbach’s Fabian Johnson, resumed training with their respective clubs last week.

Well that’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? I’m not sure what Klinsmann would have to say to Veh, but I feel confident we’ll find out.

Chandler played in 29 matches for Frankfurt last year under coach Thomas Schaaf, but Veh has returned to the club after a year away. Veh did not coach Chandler in his first stint at Frankfurt, and we’ll have to monitor whether this could be a precursor to a transfer (or at least a heavy dose of rumors).

USA 6-0 Cuba: USMNT reaches Gold Cup semifinals with long-awaited explosion of goals (video)

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The US national team rode Clint Dempsey’s first-ever international hat trick to a resounding 6-0 victory over Cuba in the first of two 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal matches to be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday.

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After struggling through much of the group stage — though it finished top of Group A with seven out of nine points — Jurgen Klinsmann’s side finally put together the kind of explosion of goals for which American fans had been clamoring. Cuba began the game with just 18 players on their gameday roster after star striker Ariel Martinez defected from the team during the week.

It didn’t take long for the USMNT to break down Cuba’s extremely deep-lying defense. Clint Dempsey grabbed his fourth goal of the tournament — now all alone as the top scorer — when he got between two defenders and headed home Timothy Chandler’s right-sided cross in the 4th minute.

It took slightly longer for the Yanks to double their lead and go up 2-0, but as Cuba continued to sit deep and look for opportunities on the counter attack, the Americans poured on the pressure and were rewarded when Fabian Johnson’s left-sided cross floated delicately to Gyasi Zardes at the top of the six-yard box, where he applied the first-time finish between the legs of goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra.

Goal No. 3 took slightly longer than the second, but arrived just past the half-hour mark, when Aron Johannsonn chipped Guerra from the corner of the 18-yard box. Guerra came rushing out in an attempt to clear Michael Bradley’s lofted diagonal ball, but found himself in no man’s land near the penalty spot. Johannsson lofted a delicate shot over Guerra and found the inside of the far post for a 3-0 lead.

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Omar Gonzalez made it 4-0 just before halftime, when Johannsson cut Bradley’s corner kick back toward the top of the six-yard box for Gonzalez, who turned the ball over the line with a sliding finish from five yards out.

The USMNT’s fifth goal came via the penalty spot. Dempsey notched his fifth goal of the tournament with a dinked finish from 12 yards out after Johannsson was pulled down inside the penalty area in the 63rd minute.

Dempsey completed his hat trick in the 78th minute, when he finished with the outside of his foot from eight yards out. Bradley’s through ball from the right side of the box played Dempsey past a defender and into space, and the former-captain/still-talisman made no mistake from there.

The USMNT will face the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal between Jamaica and Haiti, at the Georgia Dome in Altanta, Ga.