KENYA BROWN - Monday, June 15, 2020
Most of the Americans in the Bundesliga played cameo roles, but it was a banner weekend for Chris Richards, Malik Tillman, and Taylor Booth as they shined for Bayern Munich II in the 3. Liga.
Waldhof Mannheim 2-3 Bayern Munich II
Malik Tillman and Chris Richards supplied the goals as Bayern Munich II was able to hold off Waldhof Mannheim to claim the win at the Carl Benz Stadion.
Both Richards and Tillman started for the Bavarian reserves while Taylor Booth came off the bench to make his debut for the team. It was a milestone day as this was the first time three Americans took the field for a German team.
Bayern would find themselves behind 15 minutes into the contest when they lost possession of the ball in the midfield. Mohamed Gouaida then passed the ball to teammate Gianluca Korte whose shot from outside the area beat Ron Hoffmann.
Mannheim's lead did not last for long as Tillman, who made his debut a few days earlier, scored his first professional goal five minutes later. Goalkeeper Timo Konigsmann's effort to control the ball following a throw-in did not go well as he was immediately put under pressure by the young German-American. That pressure paid off as Konigsmann's attempt to clear the ball saw it blocked by Tillman as it rolled into the goal.
The 18-year-old was not done terrorizing the host as he scored his second goal in the 23rd minute. Paul Will's cross from the left side would find Tillman in the area and he volleyed his effort home with ease.
Bayern controlled the first half and was justly rewarded with a third goal in the 39th minute when Richards was on the spot to head in a corner kick from Maximillian Welzmuller. The young center-back has been in good form in recent games.
Mannheim pulled a goal back in the 74th minute from Florian Flick, but that would be it as Bayern took all three points in the end.
Bayern Munich II has moved up to second place in the standings with 54 points - just a point behind leaders Duisburg. The team is in a great position to win the title, but cannot earn promotion to the 2. Bundesliga due rules preventing reserve teams moving up beyond the third division.
SV Meppen 2-3 Hallescher FC
Terrence Boyd continued his goal-scoring ways as he helped Hallescher FC to their second consecutive win, this time over Meppen at the Hansch Arena.
Boyd would go the distance for Hallescher as he bagged his 12th goal of the season.
Hallescher had been in a freefall in the standings prior to the suspension of the season. However, a 3-0 win over Waldhof Mannheim five days ago gave the team some confidence coming into this contest.
It took some time, but Boyd finally broke the scoreless deadlock before the halftime whistle when he won the scramble for the loose ball in the area from a corner kick and powered in a low shot to give his team the lead.
The second would temporarily swing in the momentum of Meppen as they went on to level the score in the 63rd minute. Janik Jesgarzewski lofted the ball into the are, allowing Hilal El-Helwe to head it past Hallescher goalkeeper Kai Eisele.
The host took the lead a minute after their first goal when some poor defending by Hallescher on a cross saw Rene Guder run in from the left side to steer the ball home.
It appeared that Meppen would be in cruise control for the rest of the game, but they blew the game as they gifted the visitors with two own goals. The first came in the 67th minute when Steffen Puttkammer tapped the ball in from close range following a cross into the area from Hallescher's Julian Guttau.
The second gaffe came in the 70th minute as Markus Ballmert deflected a shot from Pascal Sohm into the back of the net.
Hallescher was fortunate to get the win, but there won't be any complaints as it keeps out of the relegation battle for at least another week.
The team has moved up to 14th place in the standings with 39 points.
In Bundesliga action, John Brooks and Wolfsburg had to share the points with Freiburg following a 2-2 tie.
John Sargent played 77 minutes for Werder Bremen as their push to avoid relegation got a boost in their 5-1 win over Paderborn.
Weston McKennie went the distance for Schalke as their winless run continue following a 1-1 tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Giovanni Reyna played the final 16 minutes for Borussia Dortmund as a very late stoppage-time goal helped them to a 1-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf. Alfredo Morales played nine minutes for Dusseldorf.
Tyler Adams played the final 22 minutes for RB Leipzig in their 2-0 win over Hoffenheim.
Timothy Chandler only played for three minutes as Eintracht Frankfurt cruised to a 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green provided the assist that saw Greuther Furth come away with a 1-0 win over Nuremberg. Timothy Tillman watched all of the action from the bench.
Jann George played 66 minutes for Jahn Regensburg in their 4-1 defeat to Heidenheim.
Down in the 3. Liga, McKinze Gaines played the full 90 minutes for Sonnenhof Großaspach as they fell to Eintracht Braunschweig in a 2-1 defeat.