RECAP: GERMAN WEEKEND ACTION
It was a rough weekend for Americans in the German topflight, as all were on the losing end and outscored 13-1.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 0 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones returned from injury as a second-half sub in a losing effort as Schalke fell to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Jones had missed the past three matches after injuring his foot in the USMNT's match versus Costa Rica last month; the midfielder came on in the 64th minute for Roman Neustädter.
Schalke had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 23rd minute as Stefan Aigner extended his arm to shield his face from Michel Bastos' free kick and blocked the Frenchman's effort in the box. Bastos took the spot kick himself, only to be denied by keeper Oka Nikolov.
Shortly before the interval Frankfurt snatched the eventual game winner through their burly defender Marco Russ. The German took advantage of Cipran Marica's suspect marking to get his head onto Marc Stendera's cross; it was the 17 year old's first assist in the Bundesliga.
Schalke remains in fourth place, the final qualification spot for next year's Champion's League, but is now just a single point ahead of both Freiburg and Frankfurt. Up next for Jones and Schalke is a home date versus Hamburg.
Hannover 96 1 - 6 Bayern Munich
The Munich express kept on rolling in the Bundesliga, this time blowing out Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.
Cherundolo had his hand full all game long with the Bavarian attack and was subbed off in the 66th minute for Hiroki Sakai.
Hannover struck first, unfortunately for the Lower Saxons Lars Stindl redirected a David Alaba cross into his own net in the 16th minute.
It was two in the 23rd, after Johan Djourou had his sloppy pass intercepted in the midfield by Claudio Pizzaro. The Peruvian then slotted a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Franck Ribery, which the Frenchman buried with his left.
Pizzaro picked up assist number two of the day in the 40th, again slotting a deadly through ball past the Saxon ranks. This time the Peruvian found striker partner Mario Gomez, who had no difficulty beating Hannover keeper Ron Robert Zieler.
Gomez bagged his second in the 62nd as he converted Jerome Boateng's cross from close range, and Pizzaro grabbed one himself in the 71st after setting up goals two and three.
Hannover did get on the board in the 85th minute thanks to Munich keeper Manuel Neuer, who bobbled Christian Pander's free kick and spilled it right at the feet of Andre Hoffman for the Lower Saxon consolation goal.
Pizzaro notched his second a minute later, rounding Zieler before curling home a tap in with his right.
Up next for Hannover and Cherundolo is a Friday date versus Greuther Fürth.
Bayer Leverkusen 5 - 0 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim, who were reduced to ten men early in the first half and ultimately thrashed by Leverkusen.
Johnson went the distance for Hoffenheim; Daniel Williams failed to make the bench for the third game in a row.
Leverkusen was off and running in the 16th minute with André Schürrle collecting the ball on the right flank and crossing for Stefan Kießling, who volley home from four yards out for the opener.
Hoffenheim's Eugen Polanski was sent off in the 23rd minute for a foul in the box on Kießling, who otherwise would have had a free go at Koen Casteels' goal. Casteels, however, parried the ensuing spot kick taken by Simon Rolfes.
Schürrle made it two in the 31st minute, as the young German converted with a sublime shot from distance curling his effort past Casteels with his right.
Kießling netted number two in the 65th minute by elevating and getting on the end of Daniel Carvajal's cross to head home from point-blank range.
With Hoffenheim dead and buried, the only question remaining was how many goals Leverkusen would net. Schürrle scored his second in the 69th minute taking a feed from left fullback Michael Kadlec and stuffing it home from ten yards out.
The day's scoring was rounded off by Stefan Reinartz, who hammered home from the spot in the 79th minute.
Things are looking bleak for Johnson and Hoffenheim, who find themselves three points back of Augsburg and have a worse goal difference. Up next is a must-win contest versus Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg on Saturday.
FC Nürnberg 0 - 1 Greuther Fürth
Timothy Chandler started for Nuremberg, as the Franconians fell to rivals Fürth on Sunday.
Chandler put in 46 minutes of action, before picking up a knock leading to his substitution at half time.
Fürth, who is all but relegated already, displayed an intensity worthy of a derby.
The guests grabbed the eventual game winner in the 27th minute through 20 year old Johannes Geis, who found the back of the net with a spectacular effort from nearly 30 yards out.
Chandler picked up a knock to his right quadriceps and was subbed off for Robert Mak in the 46th minute.
Nuremberg's best chance at an equalizer came in the 62nd minute as Hanno Balitsch thundered his header past keeper Wolfgang Hesl but into the woodwork.
Chandler and Nuremberg take on Hoffenheim away in their next league match.
Preußen Münster 2 - 1 Karlsruhe
Matt Taylor scored twice for Munster, who knocked off Karlsruhe in the 3.Liga's top matchup on Saturday.
Taylor was instrumental in helping the league's third place team seeing off the league leaders in Karlsruhe.
He began the day's scoring in the seventh minute by slipping past his marker and chipping Karlsruhe keeper Dirk Orlishausen.
Taylor then pounced on some shoddy defending in the 61st minute to break through alone on goal and double the Munster advantage.
Karlsruhe then made things interesting in the 74th minute as substitute Gaeton Krebs headed home off the inside of the post to pull one back.
But a comeback was not in the cards as Munster held on to pull within a point of Karlsruhe.
Up next for Taylor and Munster is a road date in Erfurt.
Darmstadt 1 - 2 Saarbrücken
Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt lost to Saarbrucken to inch closer to amateur status.
Zimmerman played 65 minutes before giving way for Sebastian Zielinsky.
The guests struck first with Sven Sökler connecting with Lukas Kohler's cross for a headed goal.
Darmstadt conceded a second in the 63rd minute as striker Marcel Ziemer stuffed home a rebound from five yards out.
The hosts did pull one back in the 89th minute through Marcus Steegmann, but it was too little, too late.
Darmstadt remains in second to last place with 31 points. Up next is Friday match versus Offenbach.
Bobby Wood was an unused sub for 1860 Munich, who fell to Frankfurt 2-1.
Andrew Wooten came on late in Sandhausen's 1-0 defeat to Berlin.
Joseph Gyau did not make it off the bench as Sankt Pauli fell to Bochum 3-0.