KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 31, 2016
There were rough outings for the Americans that did play in Germany this weekend, with John Brooks and Hertha Berlin losing ground on the leaders and Bobby Wood being sent off.
Köln 3-0 Hamburg
It was great night for Köln forward Anthony Modeste, while Wood's night for Hamburg ended early as the Billy Goats earned a big win at the RheinEnergie Stadium.
After scoring two goals in the Hamburg's German Cup win at midweek, Wood earned his way back into the starting lineup in the losing effort. German-American Ashton Götz got a surprise and played 66 minutes.
The host should have taken the lead in the first half when Götz brought down Yuya Osako in the area, but Modeste clanged his penalty off the post.
With game still scoreless entering the second half, things would dramatically change when Wood received a red card for throwing an elbow into the chest of Dominique Heintz. The referee did not see the infraction, but after conferring with the assistant referee, the US forward sent to the showers.
This was the opening that Köln needed and they scored their first goal in the 61st minute. Simon Zoller's cross from the left found Modeste in the area and he would flick it past goalkeeper Rene Adler.
Modeste added a second in the 82nd minute when he ran on to a cross from teammate Marcel Risse and headed the ball into the goal.
The Frenchman completed his hat-trick four minutes later when Risse sent a pass up field Modeste easily dispatched it into the back of the net.
Hamburg sit rock bottom in the standings with only two points from nine games. It has been a struggle for the team as they have gone winless and only scored two goals - both coming from Wood.
Hoffenheim 1-0 Hertha Berlin
The capital team lost some ground on league leaders Bayern Munich with a narrow loss at WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
John Brooks started and played the entire game in the losing effort.
Hertha had Fabian Lustenberger to thank for not letting them go down early in the game as he cleared a header off the line from Niklas Süle.
The visitors had their own chance to open the scoring thwarted when Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann parried away a shot from Allan.
The host once again came close to scoring, but Pavel Kaderabek's header came crashing of the crossbar.
However, Hoffenheim were rewarded in the 31st minute when Süle headed in a free kick from Kerem Demirbay to give them the lead.
Hertha did not back down after being behind as they pushed forward to find the equalizer in the second half, but Hoffenheim were up for the challenge and had few chances of their own to extend their lead.
The game would end with a single goal and the winning side continued their push up the standings.
The loss puts Hertha down to fifth place with 17 points.
Christian Pulisic started and played the entire game as the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke ended 0-0.
Fabian Johnson started and played 87 minutes for Borussia Mönchengladbach while Timmy Chandler played the entire game for Eintracht Frankfurt at both teams settled for a 0-0 tie.
Alfredo Morales did not dress as Ingolstadt's woes continued with 2-0 loss to Mainz.
After scoring a goal in the German Cup, Julian Green did not dress for Bayern Munich's 3-1 win over Augsburg.
Aron Johannsson did not dress as Werder Breme fell 3-1 to Freiburg.
Andrew Wooten did not dress as Sandhausen suffered a 1-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld.
Jerome Kiesewetter started and played 89 minutes as Fortuna Dusseldorf claimed a 1-0 win over Union Berlin.
Russell Canouse started and played the entire game as Bochum beat Heidenheim 2-1.
Jann George started and played 87 minutes as Jahn Regensburg's game with Magdeburg ended 1-1.
David Yelldell started and played 78 minutes Sonnenhof Großaspach's 0-0 tie with Duisburg.
Robert Kristo started and played the entire game in Osnabrück's 1-0 loss to Hallescher FC.
Shawn Barry started and played the entire game in FSV Frankfurt's 3-0 win over Paderborn.
Joe Gyau made his return from injury to play the final minutes of Borussia Dortmund II's 1-0 win over Alemannia Aachen.