It might not be an American sport, no, but the German Bundesliga is about as good as it comes for growing young American talent in the game of soccer. The league became the first major European division to get restarted on Saturday, and though it was a bit weird to see no fans or major goal celebrations, it was a welcome sight for many.
Two teams- Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach- were the big winners on the day. Dortmund took on rivals Schalke, and they decimated them 4-0 on the back of Erling Haaland’s typically great performance. He scored and assisted once, while Raphael Guerreiro had two goals as well. American Gio Reyna had been tabbed to play, but he was injured in the warmup. Monchengladbach got a 1-3 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, with goals from Alassane Plea in the first minute and Marcus Thuram in the seventh to get them off to a fine start. A penalty halfway through the second half ensured the win, even if their hosts got one back later. As a result, both ‘Borussia’ teams closed in on leaders Bayern Munich in the table. Bayern are set to play on Sunday, and each of their rivals with be hoping for a loss or draw from them to close in.