SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, August 12, 2013
Both Bobby Wood and John Anthony Brooks celebrated their first U.S national team callups in style with strong performances to help their respective clubs win.
Hertha Berlin 6 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt.
John Anthony Brooks capped his Bundesliga debut with a goal as Hertha Berlin crushed Eintracht Frankfurt in Matchday 1 in Germany.
The 21-year-old Brooks started in the center of the back four, where he put in a full shift of work for Berlin, who returned to the Bundesliga after a one-year hiatus.
Adrian Ramos put the hosts up in the 18th minute with Sami Allagui playing a cutting through ball to Tunesian midfielder Aenis Ben-Hatira down the left, who then set up the Colombian striker for a sliding, first touch finish.
In the 32nd Frankfurt failed to deal with a corner kick, which initially fell to Ben-Hatira. The Tunesian's effort was blocked, but fell to Brooks at the spot and the American buried it for his first top-flight tally.
Frankfurt pulled one back just five minutes later as Alexander Meier connected on a spot kick after Ramos felled Jan Rosenthal in the box.
Allagui then almost single handedly put the match away by tapping home uncontested in the 58th minute, before the Tunsisian striker hit the back of the net again two minutes later blasting a powerful one-time shot with his right boot past keeper Kevin Trapp.
Ramos then added his second in the 71st, tucking a left-footed effort from a tight angle inside the near post. Ronny then capped off the day's scoring in the 90th minute with a determined individual effort culminated with a left-footed shot.
Berlin and Borrks will look to build on their impressive opening performance in their next match which will take them to Franconia to do battle with Nuremberg.
FC Ingolstadt 0 2 Karlsruhe SC
Alfredo Morales went the distance for Ingolstadt, who lost their third straight match in the 2.Liga, falling to Karlsruhe.
Morales returned to defensive midfield for Ingolstadt after serving a one-match ban for picking up two cautions in the season's opening tilt.
The opening 45 saw both sides engaged offensively, but ultimately ineffective with both squandering excellent scoring chances.
Karlsruhe broke the deadlock in the 58th minute through former Ingolstadt man Ilijan Micanski, who struck an effort from 20 yards out with the outside of his right boot that curled inside the upper 90.
Just six minutes later Karlsruhe made it on a Selcuk Alibaz free kick from 28 yards that Ingolstadt keeper Ramazan Özkan could do nothing about.
Morales and Ingolstadt will look to pick up their first victory of the young campaign next week in the Bavarian Derby as they host Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1 - 2 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood got the starting nod for Munich versus Düsseldorf, as the Lions picked up their second win of the season.
Wood put in 59 minutes of solid action in attack alongside Benjamin Lauth.
Wood played a part in the opener for Munich as the Hawaiian flicked a throw onto the path of striker partner Lauth, who connected from 15 yards out on a right-footed shot.
Munich defender Yannick Stark brought down Düsseldorf winger Levian Kenia in the box in the 37th minute to give the home team a golden opportunity at an equalizer. Charlison Benschop stepped up and brought Fortuna level.
With the game knotted at one and time winding down, the guests from Bavaria found a winner in the person of Marin Tomasov, who blasted home a left-footed shot from 17 yards out in the 78th minute.
With the victory, Munich is in fourth place with six points from three matches. Wood and the Lions travel to Ingolstadt for Matchday four for the Bavarian derby.
Preußen Münster 3 - 3 Rot-Weiß Essen
Matt Taylor and Munster needed every second to snag a point versus Essen on Saturday in the 3.Liga marquee matchup.
Taylor put in 90 minutes of work in the Munster attack, who remained undefeated after three matches.
Simon Brandstetter found the game's first tally after just nine minutes had elapsed, beating keeper Daniel Masuch with a powerful left-footed shot.
Munster only needed 120 seconds to pull even thanks to Amaury Bischoff's spectacular solo effort. Taylor then came within inches of putting Munster level in the 16th minute.
In the 52nd minute Mijo Tunjic pounced on an errant pass and rounded Masuch for an easy tap in. Some 15 minutes later, however, Tunjic went from hero to goat as he saw a straight red for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Sebastian Stolze appeared to secure all three points for Essen in the 82nd minute as the substitute slipped a right-footed shot past Masuch.
Munster, however, fought back. In the 87th minute, Gaetano Manno snatched his first goal in Munster dress on a well-struck effort from 20 yards, before Taylor was brought down in the box two minutes later by Mario Fillinger; Bischoff converted the ensuing penalty and the match ended shortly thereafter.
Up next for Taylor and Munster is an away match versus Wehen Wiesbaden.
Neither Fabian Johnson nor Timothy Chandler played in the 2-2 tie between Hoffenheim and Nuremberg, as the former was out with an injury and the latter failed to make it off the bench.
Steve Cherundolo is still out with an injury and missed out on Hannover's 2-0 opening day victory over Wolfsburg.