SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, January 21, 2013
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both saw action for Hoffenheim, while Timothy Chandler started for Nürnberg as the Bundesliga resumed action.
1899 Hoffenheim 0 - 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim got the Marko Kurz era off to a successful start as they picked up a point versus Gladbach in the Bundesliga.
Johnson started for Hoffenheim and went the distance versus Gladbach, while compatriot Daniel Williams began on the bench only to come on in the 36th minute to replace injured Sehad Salihovic.
The hosts had more of the ball to begin with and came tantalizingly close to opening the scoring in the seventh minute, but Roberto Firmino pushed his header just wide of the goal.
It was not until an hour of play had elapsed that the guests threatened Hoffenheim's goal. Young Dutch striker Luc de Jong received a pass from Juan Arango, which he one-timed just over the outstretched arms of Tim Wiese and the crossbar.
The result is sure to do wonders for Hoffenheim considering that the biggest problem plaguing them through the first half of the season was their defense. After allowing a league-high 41 goals, Hoffenheim finally pitched a shutout, which is sure to do loads for team confidence and belief.
Up next for Hoffenheim and its American duo is a road match versus Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
FC Nürnberg 1 - 1 Hamburg SV
Timmy Chandler manned his usual left-back spot for Nuremberg, who came from behind to pick up a point versus Hamburg.
Chandler got the start under new head coach Michael Wiesinger, who replaced Dieter Hecking after the latter departed for Wolfsburg over the winter break.
Nuremberg should have scored in the 43rd minute, but Robert Mak missed the target in a one-v-one situation after Hanno Balitsch unlocked Hamburg's back four with a pinpoint pass.
Chandler picked up a knock in early in the second half after getting smacked in the face with the ball and had to be subbed off in the 60th.
The guests from northern Germany got on the board first when Artoms Rudnevs outmuscled Nuremberg's Javier Pinola to head home Dennis Aogo's cross from close range in the 70th minute.
Nuremberg answered just five minutes later. Timo Gebhardt fired a waist-high cross into the box and Tomas Pekhart volleyed home from six yards out.
Up next for Nuremberg is an away date versus reigning champions Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
Both Jermaine Jones and Steven Cherundolo missed out on the thrilling 5-4 encounter between Schalke and Hannover as Jones served game one of a suspension, while Chreundolo has a knee injury.