KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Fabian Johnson notched an assist in Borussia Mönchengladbach's loss to Wolfsburg, while Bobby Wood bagged two goals in Union Berlin's demolition of Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt.
Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach
Two first half goals from the home side were enough to see the Foals challenge for a Champions League spot take a dent at the Volkswagen Arena.
Fabian Johnson started in midfield for the the Foals and saw 80 minutes of action in the defeat.
Julian Draxler opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game off a pass from teammate Maximilian Arnold. The German international was fortunate as his marker failed tackle the ball away, leaving him enough time to take shot that bounced off the post and into the goal.
The Wolves doubled their lead two minutes later through Max Kruse. Arnold would make a scintillating run from Wolfsburg's own end before laying the ball off to Kruse who sidestepped his marker and put a brilliant shot past Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
The visitors cut the lead in the 23rd minute when Johnson's through ball found Raffael who did not hesitate in putting the ball in the back of the net.
It was bit tame in the second half, but Wolfsburg were able to hold on for the win.
The loss sees Mönchengladbach fall to sixth place in the standings, two points off fourth place and the Champions League qualifying spot.
Union Berlin 4-0 FSV Frankfurt
Bobby Wood is making a strong case to earn a starting spot for the U.S. national team's upcoming World Cup qualifying games as his two goals helped Union Berlin to a resounding win at home.
Shawn Barry started in the defense for Frankfurt in the loss and received a yellow card near the end of the game.
Damir Kreilach opened the scoring for Union in the 23rd minute from a free kick. Felix Kroos would send the ball into the box from midfield and the Croatian rose above the crowd to head it past Frankfurt goalkeeper Andre Weis.
Wood got his name on the score sheet six minutes later from the penalty spot. The Hawaii native stepped up and put his shot past Weis to double his team's lead.
Wood made his presence known again five minutes later as he scored his second goal on the day. Benjamin Kessel would take a shot at goal, which Weis was able to save, but the 23-year-old was quick to pounce on the rebound to put the game out of reach for the visitors.
Christopher Trimmel scored Union's fourth goal in second half stoppage time.
Wood has now scored 12 goals this season in the 2. Bundesliga and scored seven in the past seven games for his team.
The win pushes Union Berlin up to ninth place in the standings with 33 points, while Barry and FSV Frankfurt sit in 14th place on 24 points.
John Brooks started for Hertha Berlin in the capital side's 2-0 loss to Hamburg.
Andrew Wooten started in midfield in Sandhausen's 3-2 loss to 1860 Munich.
Caleb Stanko was on the bench in Freiburg's 2-1 win over RB Leipzig.