RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Americans in the Bundesliga were involved in goal-fests, as matches in Sinsheim and Bremen had six goals each.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3 - 3 FC Schalke 04
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim scored two second-half goals to collect a point against Jermaine Jones and Schalke on Saturday.
Both Johnson and Jones started for their teams, but both had to leave early because of injuries. Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol subbed Johnson off in the 71st minute with an ankle injury, while Jones came off the field in the 86th season with a knee injury.
The offensive fireworks started early in this match, as Kevin-Prince Boateng gave the Royal Blues the lead in the third minute. Max Meyer dribbled the ball in the penalty area to the end line before centering the ball to the penalty spot, where Boateng met it and placed it into the right corner.
Schalke doubled its lead in the 13th minute, when Jefferson Farfan sent his free kick into the six-yard box. Joel Matip beat his marker to the ball and headed it into the net. Hoffenheim didn't take too long to answer, taking advantage of a bad pass by Benedikt Höwedes. Andreas Beck stole the pass and put Anthony Modeste on net, and Modeste scored from seven yards out.
Right before halftime, Schalke doubled its lead once more, this time with Marco Höger intercepting a Denis Aogo throw in and dribbling through the Hoffenheim midfield and defense before sending a right-footed shot into the net.
In the second half, Hoffenheim hit Schalke quick to tie up the match. First, in the 48th minute, Roberto Firmino converted a penalty, and then, in the 61st minute, David Abraham sent a 21-yard free kick in the left corner, leaving Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand unable to stop it.
For the final half an hour, both teams searched for the match-winning goal, with Hoffenheim looking the more dangerous team, but the matched ended in a tie. Schalke stayed in 14th place and will face Augsburg next Saturday, while Hoffenheim moved into 10th place and will square off with Mainz next Saturday as well.
Werder Bremen 3 - 3 1. FC Nuremberg
Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg came back twice in a tie at Bremen on Sunday.
Chandler started and went the distance at right for the Franken.
Nuremberg had another start to forget, giving up a goal in the form of an own goal during the eighth minute. Santiago Garcia launched a cross from the left wing, and Berkay Dabanli's clearance with his right foot ended up going into the back of the net.
Aaron Hunt created Eljero Elia's goal in the 34th minute, which doubled Bremen's lead, but the Franken managed to cut into that lead right before halftime. An Adam Hlousek throw-in found the feet of Hiroshi Kiyotake, and the Japanese midfielder took advantage of a positioning-mistake by Garcia before firing a right-footed shot into the net.
The second half continued to be highly entertaining, as Nuremberg tied it up in the 53rd minute. Josip Drmic, substituted on at halftime, got on the end of a Tomas Pekhart cross and scored from inside the six-yard box.
Thirteen minutes later, Elia scored his second goal of the match with a 24-yard shot. Bremen retook the lead with that shot, but that lead was short-lived. In the 70th minute, Hlousek beat Werder goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz to equalize for Der Club once again.
From there, both teams couldn't find the back of the net. With the tie, Nuremberg held onto 15th place and a place about the relegation-playoff position. Der Club returns to action next Sunday against Hamburg.
Preußen Münster 0 - 0 Jahn Regensburg
Matt Taylor and Münster's subpar run of matches continued, splitting the points with Jahn Regensburg in a goalless draw at home on Saturday.
Taylor started and went the distance at forward for the Eagles.
Münster hadn't won in eight matches going into Saturday, which included four at home, but after 90 minutes, those streaks stretched out to nine and five matches, respectively. Before the end of the first half, Münster had a few great chances, including an Amaury Bischoff shot set up by Taylor that forced a Patrick Wiegers save in the 43rd minute.
Not much happened in the second half, and it ended in a draw. Münster dropped into the relegation zone with the tie, although it has a match in-hand, and the Eagles will attempt to improve upon its 18th-place spot on Wednesday at Osnabrück.
Stuttgarter Kickers 3 - 0 Borussia Dortmund II
Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers climbed out of the 3.Liga's relegation zone with a big win over Dortmund's reserve team on Saturday.
Fennell started and went the distance at center back for the Kickers, making his fifth-straight start.
The Kickers began the match as the more aggressive team, and that mentality paid off in the 15th minute. A Dortmund defender felled Stuttgart's Marcos Alvarez in the box, and Vincenzo Marchese stepped up to convert it.
The Schwaben created a few chances to extend their lead before the break, but the scoreline held until the second half, where they received a little help from Dortmund. In the 48th minute, Dortmund's Jannik Bandowski ended up heading the ball into his own net in the midst of a crowd.
While this caused Dortmund to start pressing for goals, the Kickers took advantage of this and managed to force another defensive mistake and receive another penalty. Marchese stepped up and scored from the penalty spot in the 74th minute.
The win catapulted the Kickers out of the relegation zone, and the team will return to action next Saturday at Darmstadt.
Michael Parkhurst did not dress for Augsburg in the Fuggerstädter's 2-2 tie with Mönchengladbach on Friday.
Steve Cherundolo wasn't available for Hannover on Saturday in the team's 2-0 loss to Leverkusen.
John Anthony Brooks missed Hertha Berlin's 3-1 win over Mainz on Saturday with an elbow and lower-arm injury.
Neither Andrew Wooten nor Bobby Wood made Kaiserslautern's or 1860 Munich's lineups, respectively, when the Red Devils hammered the Lions, 3-0.
Alfredo Morales didn't dress for Ingolstadt in the Schanzer's 2-1 loss at home to St. Pauli.