RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Zack Steffen, Alfredo Morales and Weston McKennie were involved in a thriller of a game as Fortuna Dusseldorf and Schalke went on to share the points in their game.
Schalke 3-3 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Rouwen Hennings's goal ensured Fortuna Dusseldorf would steal a point from Schalke as both teams settled for the tie in a wild game at the Veltins Arena.
All three Americans started the game for their respective teams as the Bundesliga played their finals games before the international break.
The Royals Blues entered the game hoping to remain among the pack in a tight top half of the standings, with Borussia Monchengladbach sitting atop the perch. On the other hand, Dusseldorf was looking to build on their big win over FC Koln last weekend in the Rhein Derby.
The host had the advantage in the first half, and found the goal to open the scoring three minutes past the half-hour mark when Benito Raman played Daniel Caligiuri into the area. The midfielder did not mince his effort as he blasted into the right-hand side of the goal.
Schalke had the advantage entering the second half, but gave Dusseldorf a chance to get back into the game when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. McKennie, who was playing at center-back for the team, had handled the ball in the area.
This allowed Hennings to step and put away the spot-kick in the 62nd minute to level the score.
Ozan Kabak would restore Schalke's lead five minutes later when the Turkish international rose up to head Bastian Oczipka's corner kick from the left side past Steffen.
But Hennings would find the equalizer for the visitors in the 74th minute as he finished off their counter-attack following a pass from Erik Thommy.
The game went back-and-forth between the two teams, and Schalke once again took the lead in the 79th minute when Suat Serdar struck from the edge of the area to send the supporters delirious.
However, Dusseldorf would not surrender and was able to respond again. Hennings silencing the crowd with another goal in the 85th minute to seal his hat-trick.
The tie moves Schalke down to seventh place in the standings with 19 points, while Dusseldorf sits in 13th place with 11 points.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Josh Sargent came off the bench to play the final nine minutes as Werder Bremen were beaten by league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach by a 3-1 scoreline.
Khiry Shelton watched from the bench as Paderborn fell to Augsburg in a 1-0 defeat.
John Brooks watched from the bench as Wolfsburg were blanked by Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-0 loss.
Tim Chandler watched from the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt were knocked off by surprising Freiburg in a 1-0 loss.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started and scored a fantastic free-kick for Greuther Furth as they went down to Sandhausen in a 3-2 loss.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hamburg as they could only muster a 1-1 tie with Holstein Kiel.
Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg as they shared the points with Darmstadt following a 2-2 tie.
Kevin Lankford had a spot on the bench as St. Pauli's game with Bochum ended in a 1-1 tie.
Dowin the 3. Liga, Chris Richards started as he helped Bayern Munich II to a 2-1 win over Magdeburg.
Terrence Boyd started but could not get on the scoresheet this time as Hallescher FC fell to 1860 Munich in a 1-0 loss.
McKinze Gaines was a spectator on the bench as Sonnenhof Grossaspach soundly beaten by Waldhof Mannheim in a 3-0 defeat.