SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, March 3, 2014
A trio of Yanks saw action in Germany this weekend with Fabian Johnson helping Hoffenheim to a blow-out win over Wolfsburg headlining.
1899 Hoffenheim 6-2 VfL Wolfsburg
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim used a four-goal first half to score an impressive win over Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Johnson put in 87 minutes of work on the left side, taking his exit with the result beyond doubt.
Hoffenheim were off and running after just four minutes had elapsed as Roberto Firmino displayed some fancy finishing after Anthony Modeste combined well with Sehad Salihovic to unlock the Wolfsburg defense.
It was level again in the 15th minute as Ivan Perisic picked out Dutch striker Bas Dost with an inch-perfect cross that the striker rose high to meet and head home with precision.
The cat and mouse game that ensued after the equalizer was finally broken before the break as Niklas Süle hit once and Modeste twice for Hoffenheim in a span of six minutes to effectively finish off the contest.
Süle tapped home a Salihovic cross that landed at his feet at the far post after flying past Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio in the 37th minute, before Modeste first struck with a right-footed effort in the 39th and then with a short-range header in the 43rd.
Perisic did pull one back for the guests in the 76th minute, but any hopes of an improbable comeback were dashed in the 81st as Christian Träsch was shown a straight red for his challenge in the box on Kevin Volland.
Salihovic converted the ensuing spot kick to make it 5-2, before substitute Sven Schipplock filled up the half dozen with a tap in six minutes from time.
Johnson and Hoffenheim are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Gelsenkirchen to take on Schalke.
Preußen Münster 1 - 1 VfL Osnabrück
Matt Taylor and Münster had to settle for a point versus rival Osnabrück in the German third flight.
Taylor put in just over an hour of work before Rogier Krohne took his place.
Soufian Benyamina put the hosts in front on an 18th-minute header - his first goal for Preußen since joining the outfit in January from Dresden.
Osnabrück knotted things up at one in the 51st minute on a Massimo Ornatelli volley from the edge of the area.
Münster were reduced to ten as substitute Amaury Bischoff saw red after a reckless challenge in the 80th minute.
The tie leaves Münster in 14th place with 33 points. Taylor and co. do battle next week versus 15th-place Unterhaching.
Stuttgart Kickers 3 - 3 FC Heidenheim
Royal Fennell played 90 minutes for Stuttgart, who blew a three-goal lead against first-place Heidenheim.
Fennell started in defense for the Swabian outfit and saw yellow in the 26th minute.
Elia Soriano fired the hosts in front in the ninth minute by converting a perfectly-placed cross by Marco Calamita.
The Kickers made it two in the 47th minute through Fabio Leutenecker, before Vincenzo Marchese seemingly put the affair to bed in the 52nd minute with a sublimely-struck shot from distance.
But Heidenheim showed why they're top of the standings.
First Tim Göhlert headed home in the 57th minute to make it 3-1, while Florian Niederlechner hit pay dirt a minute later on a right-footed effort.
Michael Thürk completed the comeback with a right-footed shot of his own in the 67th minute.
Fennell and Stuttgart will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Regensburg on Saturday.
John Anthony Brooks did not make it off the bench for Berlin's 0-0 draw versus Freiburg on Monday night.
Andrew Wooten came on late for FSV Frankfurt in a losing effort as the Hessians fell 3-2 to Greuther Fürth.