SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, September 16, 2013
Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones were both victorious with their respective clubs, while Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg picked up a point.
Hoffenheim 1899 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fabian Johnson helped the blue and whites of Hoffenheim to a much-deserved victory on Sunday with a 90-minute performance versus Mönchengladbach.
Johnson started and went the distance at left back for trainer Markus Gisdol, despite the fact that Johnson twice featured for the Stars and Stripes last week and was subbed off at halftime with an injury in Tuesday's tilt versus Mexico.
Both teams were tentative to begin, employing a safety first strategy. The result was a seemingly uninspired performance by both squads. Save Kevin Volland's impeccable effort off the post in the fifth minute, chances were few and far between in the first 45.
But the first half was not to end knotted at naught. In the 43rd minute Tarek Elyounoussi slipped past his man on the left flank to fire in a cross and found Anthony Modeste for a clean header; the French hitman fired past a scuttling Marc Andre Ter Stegen between the Gladbach posts.
The lively Volland doubled the home advantage in the 54th, as Modeste turned giver before Volland stopped on a dime to send one defender flying and then whipped in a confident shot past Ter Stegen's outstretched left hand.
Gladbach pulled one back in the 75th minute through young Swede Branimir Hrgota, who powered his way past Johnson and Jannik Vestergaard to get off his shot and score.
Hoffenheim held on by the skin of their collective teeth, weathering wave after wave of Gladbach attacks, before claiming all three points.
Up next for Johnson and Hoffenheim is a road trip at VfL Wolfsburg.
Mainz 05 0 - 1 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones came on in the second half to help Schalke secure all three points versus Mainz on Saturday.
After making the transatlantic flight back from the US to Germany, Jones was not included in the starting 11; he came on in the 69th minute for Marco Höger.
Schalke entered the match aiming for their second straight league win after beginning the new campaign with a string of subpar results.
One reason for the reversal of Schalke's fortunes has been the presence of Kevin Prince Boateng. The Berlin-born Ghanaian showed off why Schalke were so eager to acquire his services in the 34th minute.
Boateng collected a loose ball at the top of the box, cut quickly to his right and curled a right-footed effort past Mainz keeper Heinz Müller.
After grabbing the lead, Schalke's much maligned defense put in its best performance of the year to stymie the potent Mainz attack and easily see out the remainder of the match.
Up next for Jones and Schalke is a home test against Bayern Munich.
Eintracht Braunschweig 1 - 1 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg are still in search of that elusive first victory of the new campaign after tying last place Braunschweig on Sunday.
Chandler returned to the starting lineup for Nuremberg after only coming on late last time out in a home loss to Augsburg.
Making the most of his opportunity to impress, Chandler got his name on the scorer's sheet in the 28th minute. Chandler collected a pass deep, sprinted past his marker to the touchline and whipped in a cross to Adam Hlousek, who tapped home from six yards out.
With the exception of a couple of half chances, the goal was the extent of offensive soccer in the opening stanza.
The second half opened with a bang: first, Daniel Ginczek had to score in the 46th, but failed to convert a wide-open shot from close range. Then Braunschweig thought they had equalized, only to see Dominik Kumbela's effort correctly disallowed for offsides.
Omar Elabdellaoui collected Karim Bellarabi's pass at the top of the box, before blasting a right-footed effort past an airborne Rafael Schäfer from 16 yards out.
Elabdellaoui's equalizer gave Braunschweig their first point of the season. With the tie, Nuremberg now has a measly three from five matches.
It will not be any easier for Chandler and Nuremberg as they host Borussia Dortmund in their next Bundesliga contest.
FC Ingolstadt 0 - 1 Union Berlin
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt remain stuck at the wrong end of the standings after falling to Berlin.
Morales put in 90 minutes of work for Ingolstadt, but were unable to unlock the berlin defense despite a clear advantage in possession.
Ingolstadt hand a handful of half chances, the best of which was a Tomas Haijnal effort from distance in the 25th minute, but keeper Daniel Haas was up to the challenge with a fingertip save.
The game's only goal was struck in the 48th minute through Sören Brandy, who got onto a flick-on by Christian Stuff and then proceeded to nutmeg keeper Ramazan Özcan for the game winner.
With the loss Ingolstadt stays in last place with four points from seven contests. Up next is a Saturday date versus FSV Frankfurt.
Sandhausen 1 - 0 Kaiserslautern
Andrew Wooten saw second half minutes for Kaiserslautern, who were upset by Sandhausen in the 2.Liga.
After spending last season on loan in Sandhausen, Wooten started the game on the bench versus his former club until he came on in the 63rd minute for an ineffective Konstantinos Fortunis.
Both teams played uninspired soccer throughout. With the exception of two goals for Kaiserslautern correctly disallowed for offsides, neither team came close to truly posing a threat.
When the match seemed destined to end in a scoreless tie, Frank Löning somehow redirected a Timo Achenbach cross into the back of the net in the 85th minute.
Up next for Wooten and Kaiserslautern is a road date against Cologne on Friday.
Bobby Wood was an unused substitute in 1860 Munich's scoreless tie versus Aalen.
Matt Taylor came on late for Munster, who fell 3-2 to Unterhaching.