KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
It was a quiet weekend for the Americans in the Bundesliga, but down below Terrence Boyd and Joe Gyau got their names on the scoresheet for their respective teams.
Nurnberg 1-1 Darmstadt
Terrence Boyd's first-half goal was canceled out by Georg Margreitter strike late in the second half to see both teams share the points at the Max-Morlock-Stadion.
After dropping to the second division last season, it has not been easy for Darmstadt as they have found themselves once again in a battle for survival as they are five points from safety. Even a coaching change before the new year, with Torsten Frings being replaced by Dirk Schuster, has not helped their cause.
The Lillies need all the points they can get and Boyd led on the right path in the 18th minute when he scored his fourth goal of the season. A corner kick saw Nurnberg fail to clear the ball well, allowing the visitors to put the ball back in the the area. Aytac Sulu would head the ball to Wilson Kamavuaka, who then headed to Boyd, leading him to head it home from close range.
Despite holding the lead, Darmstadt could not sit back as Nurnberg had a flurry of chances to net the equalizer.
The host finally found the back of the net in the 78th minute when a corner kick found Enrico Valentini and he headed the ball into the path of Margreitter to head home.
The tie leaves Darmstadt in 17th place in the standings with 28 points.
Fortuna Koln 1-3 Sonnenhof Großaspach
Goals from Taxiarchi Fountas, Gyau, and Daniel Hagele helped Sonnenhof Großaspach to a win over Fortuna Koln at the
With the team out of the promotion hunt, SG are now focused on making a strong finish in the middle of the standings.
Fountas would score the visitors first goal in the thrid minute when Koln goalkeeper Tim Boss made a poor pass to a defender, allowing the Greek forward to make the interception and then chip the ball over Boss and into the back of the net.
The host leveled the score just past the half hour mark when Robin Scheu passed the ball on to Maik Kegel to slot it past Kevin Broll.
Gyau restored SG's lead two minutes before halftime when he took a pass from Julian Leist, sprinted past his marker and unleashed his shot that Boss could not stop. It was his fifth goal of the season.
Hagele iced the game in second half stoppage time as he put his shot past two defenders and into the goal.
The win leaves SG in 11th place with 37 points.
In the Bundesliga, Christian Pulisic started and played 70 minutes for Borussia Dortmund in their 1-0 win over Hannover.
Aron Johannsson made a brief appearance for Werder Bremen in their 3-1 win over Augsburg.
Fabian Johnson made his return to the Borussia Monchengladbach lineup after a long injury layoff, coming off the bench in their 3-3 tie with Hoffenheim.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for last place Hamburg in their 3-1 loss to Hertha Berlin.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg in their 2-2 tie with Union Berlin. The team is only four point out from claiming third place and the spot in the promotion/relegation playoff.
Julian Green started for Greuther Furth in their 2-1 loss to Erzgebirge Aue. The Shamrocks have pulled themselves out of the relegation zone, but narrowly as they just above Aue on goal difference.
Alfredo Morales came off the bench for Ingolstadt in their 4-2 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Haji Wright came off the bench for Sandhausen in their 3-2 loss to Bochum.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for Heidenheim in their 2-1 loss to Holstein Kiel.
In the 3. Liga, IsiahYoung came off the bench for Werder Bremen II in their 2-1 loss to Chemnitzer FC.