RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
It was a rough weekend for Americans in Germany, as none of the Yanks in the top three German flights tasted victory and only two could salvage a point.
FC Nürnberg 1 - 1 FC Bayern Munich
Timmy Chandler got the start for Nuremberg against Munich on Saturday as the Franconians took a point from their bitter Bavarian rivals.
Chandler put in a full shift against Munich, his second in the past four days after going the distance for the Stars and Stripes on Wednesday versus Russia.
The guests from Munich grabbed an early lead in the third minute as Toni Kroos picked up the ball on the right wing, drove into the box and crossed for Mario Mandzukic, who put the ball into an empty net.
The hosts, however, were resilient and undeterred after conceding and made things difficult for Munich by defending energetically and catching Munich out on the counter attack.
Nuremberg equalized in the 46th minute through Markus Feulner, who fired in a wicked shot from 30 yards out that curled, dipped and knuckled past Munich keeper Manuel Neuer.
Both teams were up to the task in the second half, but neither had the necessary fortune to find a winner.
With the point, Nuremberg climb into 15th place with 12 points, one more than 16th place Wolfsburg. Up next for Chandler and Nuremberg is the Franconian derby versus Greuther Fürth on Saturday.
1899 Hoffenheim 1 - 3 VfL Wolfsburg
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both started for Hoffenheim on Sunday, who was unable to overcome two early strikes versus Wolfsburg.
Johnson put in a full day's work on the left flank, while Williams made way for Italian midfielder Vincezo Grifo at halftime.
The guests from Lower Saxony took the lead in the seventh minute as Ivica Olic did well to send in a cross from the left flank to the far post to a waiting Makoto Hassebe, who headed home from five yards out.
Hoffenheim's troubles were doubled in the 24th minute. Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino committed a bad turnover deep in Hoffenheim territory. The ball was collected 25 yards from goal by Josue, who had an eye for Dutch striker Bas Dos and the Dutchman made no mistake from ten yards out.
Wolfsburg added a third in the 78th minute through defender Naldo, who rocketed in free kick from 30 yards out.
Hoffenheim got a late consolation goal from Eryn Derdiyok in the 88th minute, as the Swiss striker headed home Kevin Volland's cross from the left.
With the loss, Hoffenheim drops to 15th spot in the standings. Up next for Williams and Johnson is a Sunday date at home versus Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 0 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones manned the midfield for Schalke Sunday evening against Leverkusen in a losing effort.
Jones put in 74 minute for head coach Huub Stevens in the Schalke midfield alongside Roman Neustädter.
Leverkusen took the lead in the 45th minute thanks to a wonderful solo effort by André Schürrle. The winger picked up the ball at the midfield stripe, blew past Schalke defender Christian Fuchs, continued his run to the edge of the area and expertly fired past keeper Lars Unnerstahl to make it 1-0.
In the 67th minute Leverkusen's Gonzalo Castro found Stefan Kießling on the edge of the box. The lanky German striker spun past defender Joel Matip, before beating Unnerstall with a right-footed shot.
In the 80th minute Kießling then misfired on a penalty after Schürrle was brought down in the area by Neustädter.
Despite the loss Schalke remain in second, albeit tied with Frankfurt with 23 points. Jones and Schalke host the aforementioned Frankfurt on Saturday in the Bundesliga's marquee matchup.
VfL Bochum 5 - 2 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten started for Sandhausen and went the distance in a losing effort on Sunday.
Wooten returned to the starting lineup for Sandhausen after a two-week hiatus; it was the striker's sixth appearance in a row.
The guests grabbed the early lead in the fifth minute after Bochum keeper Philipp Heerwagen failed to corral Julian Schauerte's effort from 25 yards out, spilling the rebound to the feet of Frank Löning, who easily mopped up for the advantage.
After digesting the initial shock of conceding an early goal, Bochum looked the more dangerous team and deservedly equalized in the 20th minute on a nice give between Yusuke Tasaka and Zlatko Dedic with the former supplying the service for the latter's strike.
Sandhausen regained the lead a scant three minutes later as Schauerte's free kick found Löning in the box for a header that found its way past Heerwagen.
Bochum drew level once again in the 40th minute as Marcel Maltritz eluded his marker to get his head onto Marc Rzatkowski's cross and redirect it past Sandhausen keeper Daniel Ischdonat.
The hosts then grabbed their first lead of the afternoon in the 44th minute as Leon Goretzka danced through half the Sandhausen defense before finding Dedic, who slotted home from 12 yards out.
Bochum essentially put the game to bed early in the second half as Rzatkowski scored first in the 51st minute ten yards from goal, before adding the his second and the game's final tally in the 71st minute with a cool right-footed finish from the right side of the box.
Up next for Wooten and Sandhausen is a home date versus Ingolstadt on Sunday.
Preußen Münster 0 - 0 SpVgg Unterhaching
Matt Taylor got the nod and went the distance for Munster, who could not overcome a pesky Unterhaching squad and had to settle for a point.
Taylor was paired up front with his usual strike partner Dima Nazarov in head coach Pavel Dotchev's starting lineup.
Although Munster had more of the match, neither team truly tested the opposing defense.
That changed right before the break as Grote took a feed from Nazarov and let a powerful shot fly, which beat the keeper but not the woodwork, slamming into the post.
With the point, Munster remains in second place with 36 points on the year, one back of Osnabrück. Up next for Taylor and Munster is a trip Potsdam to take on Babelsberg.
Steve Cherundolo missed Hannover's 2-1 defeat to Freiburg due to a neck injury.