KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Several Americans were in action during the first round of the DFB Pokal, with John Brooks and Terrence Boyd involved in a thriller.
Hallescher FC 3-5 Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg needed extra time to slip past Hallescher at the Erdgas Sportpark and advance to the second round of the tournament.
Both John Brooks and Terrence Boyd started for their respective teams and played the entire game as it went into extra time.
The game was scoreless until the 43rd minute when Felix Drinkuth broke the deadlock with a blistering strike from outside the area to give the host the lead.
Wout Weghorst leveled the score a minute later when Joao Victor's low cross from the left side found the Dutchman in the area and he put his shot past a diving Kai Eisele.
With the score knotted up, the second half would provide plenty of goals that would please any neutral supporter watching this game.
Yannick Gerhardt gave Wolfsburg the lead in the 49th minute when Joao Victor teed him up to take a shot at the edge of the area. It was the strongest of efforts, but it was enough to get past Eisele and end up in the back of the net.
Halle would fight back and find the equalizer in the 57th minute. Sebastian Mai would be on the spot to head in a cross from Drinkuth on the left side to show the Bundesliga team they were in for a long day.
But Wolfsburg showed their steel and retook the lead in the 70 minute through William. Eisele would fumble the ball following a cross from into the area from Jerome Roussillon, and the Brazilian would make him pay for his mistake as he tapped the ball in from close range.
Just when it looked like Wolfsburg would steal this game in regulation, the referee would send off Josua Guilavogui for a second yellow card, leaving the team with 10 men.
Thn Halle shocked their guest with a stoppage time goal to send it to extra time. Mathias Fetsch got his head onto a cross from Bentley Bahn to extend the game.
However, the visitors would show their mettle and knockout Halle with two goals in the extra time. Robin Knoche got the first two minutes in when he headed the ball into the goal from a William free-kick.
Josip Brekalo would grab another two minutes later as he steered Renato Steffen's cross in to seal the game.
In other action in the DfB Pokal, Josh Sargent started for Werder Bremen as they advanced to the second round following a 6-1 win over Atlas Delmenhorst.
Both Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales started for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they moved on with a 3-1 win over Villingen.
Julian Green started Greuther Furth as they were dumped out of the competition after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Duisburg.
Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as they squeezed past Sandhausen with a 1-0 victory.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke as they cruised past Drochtersen/Assel with a 5-0 win.
Khiry Shelton came off the bench for Padeborn as they advanced on penalties following a 3-3 tie with Rodinghausen.
Jann George came off the bench as Jahn Regensburg suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Saarbrucken.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for St. Pauli as they knocked out Lubeck on penalties after a 3-3 tie.
Tim Chandler watched from the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt came away with a 5-3 win over Waldhof Mannheim.
Bobby Wood watched from the bench as Hamburg advanced on penalties following a 2-2 tie with Chemnitzer FC.
Sebastian Soto watched from the bench as Hannover were eliminated following a 2-0 loss to Karlsruher.