Stunning efforts from Marius Wolf, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho handed Borussia Dortmund a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders at the Century Link Field, with summer signings Nico Schulz, Mats Hummels, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt all featuring.
Seattle 1-3 Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Wolf (37'), 0-2 Alcacer (50'), 1-2 Campbell (54'), 1-3 Sancho (77')
Proceedings got underway in Seattle with eight-year-old Bheem Goyal starting in goal for the hosts, thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation in Washington state; Goyal making the first save of the match before being replaced to a standing ovation by Bryan Meredith. Dortmund gave chances to youngsters of their own, with Leonardi Balerdi, Mateu Morey, Tobias Raschl and Immanuel Pherai all featuring in the starting XI and the latter being replaced half an hour in by 16-year-old US youth international Gio Reyna. Raul Ruidiaz hit the bar and had a goal disallowed before Marius Wolf thundered Dortmund into a 1-0 lead ten minutes before half-time.
Dortmund doubled their lead soon after the break, Alcacer pouncing on Meredith’s poor pass before applying a sumptuous chipped finish over the Sounders stopper. But the hosts halved the deficit almost immediately, Jonathan Campbell heading home from a Seattle corner out on the left. A raft of changes followed for last year’s Bundesliga runners-up, with new arrivals Schulz, Hummels, Hazard and Brandt all featuring for the final half hour. But it was Sancho, also a second-half sub, that made the most devastating impact with a sublime solo goal to cap a fine BVB performance.
- This was just the Sounders' second-ever meeting with a German club after holding Eintracht Frankfurt to a 1-1 draw in July 2017. Branimir Hrgota opened the scoring for Frankfurt before Dempsey equalised prior to half-time.
- This is only Dortmund's second year visiting the US after making two trips over in 2018.
- In May 2018, they drew 1-1 in a friendly with Los Angeles FC, before beating Manchester City (1-0 in Chicago) and Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool (3-1 in Charlotte) in the ICC in July, later losing to Benfica on penalties in Pittsburgh.
- Dortmund defenders Manuel Akanji (24 on 19 July) and Ömer Toprak (30 on July 21) both have birthdays during the club's US visit.
- Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer's father, Walter, was born and raised in Germany and played in the third division before emigrating to the US in 1962.
- The Sounders have previously had plenty of players with Bundesliga experience on their books, including Nelson Valdez (formerly of Frankfurt, Dortmund and Werder Bremen), Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz), Christian Tiffert (Kaiserslautern) and Obafemi Martins (Wolfsburg).
Sounders: Meredith – Leerdam (Abdul-Salaam 46'), Kim (Campbell 46'), Arreaga, Nouhou – Delem, Leyva – Shipp (A. Roldan 46'), C. Roldan (Ocampo-Chavez 46'), Jones (Bwana 68') - Ruidiaz (Dhillon 46')
Unused subs: Meredith, Muse, Torres, Rogers, Atencio, Hopeau, Robles
Out: Bruin (cruciate ligament)
Coach: Brian Schmetzer
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek (Guerreiro, 46'), Toprak (Zagadou, '63), Balerdi (Hummels, '63), Morey (Schulz, '63) – Weigl (Brandt, '63), Raschl (Witsel 63') – Wolf (Delaney 63'), Götze (Hazard 63'), Pherai (Reyna 33' (Sancho 63')) - Alcacer (Reus 63')
Unused subs: Hitz, Oelschlägel, Philipp, Bruun Larsen
Out: Akanji, Schmelzer (both muscular), Hakimi (holiday after Africa Cup of Nations participation), Dahoud (holiday after U21 Euros participation), Gomez (U19 Euros)
Coach: Lucien Favre
As it happened
Sounders 1-3 Dortmund
0-1: Wolf (37'), 0-2: Alcacer (50'), 1-2: Campbell (54'), 1-3: Sancho (77')
UNTIL NEXT TIME... thanks for joining us wherever you are in the world. We will be back for the remainder of Dortmund's pre-season build to the new Bundesliga season. More of which, you can read about, here.
Those were the last chances of the match and the referee calls time on a very good game of football in Seattle. Dortmund played some wonderful football at times and already look in great shape so early into their pre-season. All three goals for the Bundesliga side were delightful, from Wolf's rocket, to Alcacer's chip and Sancho's slaloming solo effort. Things looking good for last year's runners-up already, who also saw new arrivals Schulz, Hummels, Hazard and Brandt get game time.
89' DOUBLE CHANCE...
... but no goal! The Sounders should have a second. First, Bürki makes a strong save coming off his line and then Ocampo-Chavez can only volley over from six yards out with just Bürki to beat.
86' KEEP BALL
Dortmund are in total control of this now, almost toying with the Sounders such is their dominance in possession. Will we see another goal?
77' GOAL! JADON SANCHO!
Oh, my. This is a stunning goal from Sancho, who dribbles in from the right past four men before arrowing left-footed back across goal and into the far corner. An absolute beauty.
70' STARTING AGAIN
Dortmund have now changed their entire team bar Bürki in goal, meaning they have to find their way into the game a bit here. No chances of note since those two goals inside the first ten minutes of this second half.
63' HERE COMES THE CAVALRY...
Dortmund make nine changes with new signings Hazard, Schulz, Hummels, Brandt entering the fray, alongside Delaney, Witsel, Sancho, Zagadou and Reus.
54' GOAL! JONATHAN CAMPBELL!
What a response from the MLS outfit. First Bürki makes a stunning flying save to his right and then, moments later, Campbell heads his side back into the game from a corner out on the left.
50' GOAL! PACO ALCACER!
This is a sumptuous finish from the Spaniard. A very poor pass from Meredith finds Alcacer but the former Barcelona man has a lot to do but makes it look simple, chipping over Meredith and into the back of the net. Bring back Goyal.
46' SECOND-HALF KICK-OFF
We're back underway in Seattle where we have just the one change. Guerreiro comes on for Dortmund, replacing Piszczek. It should see Morey move over to right-back and Guerreiro play on the left-side of defence. As for the Sounders, they make five changes with the dangerous Ruidiaz a notable absentee at the start of this second-half.
A cracking first-half comes to an end in Seattle with Dortmund a goal to the good thanks to Wolf. It's been a highly competitive first 45, one that somewhat belies the traditional nature of a pre-season friendly. A very good game so far.
37' GOAL! MARIUS WOLF!
Now the deadlock is emphatically broken. Götze holds the ball and lays it back to Wolf just outside the Sounders area and the 24-year-old thunders across Meredith and into the back of the net. Absolutely ruthless finish.
35' GOAL! NO, DISALLOWED!
The Sounders fans are on their feet but their celebrations are short-lived. Ruidiaz again threatens and this time looks to have expertly lobbed the onrushing Bürki only to find himself given offside. A strong high-line from the BVB defence in the end.
33' ON COMES REYNA
A huge moment for Reyna as he makes his Bayern debut aged just 16. The camera flashes to his dad, the legendary former USA international Claudio watching on in the stands. A lovely sight, unless you're Pherai who exits proceedings with injury having looked very lively. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
28' SOUNDERS HIT THE BAR!
The commentator's curse is strong today. Just as we big up Dortmund, the Sounders nearly take the lead. A thumping header from Ruidiaz beats Bürki but not the crossbar. Very, very close to 1-0.
25' PRE-SEASON OR MID-SEASON?
It's impressive how good Dortmund have looked so far; full of running, energy and ambition. It somewhat belies the fact that this is just their second match of pre-season.
20' AND A SECOND!
Dortmund are starting to impose themselves on this match now and, again, win the ball in the centre of the pitch and drive at the Sounders. Pherai this time picks out Alcacer from the left and the Spaniard's volley from the edge of the area is on target but saved down to his left by Meredith.
18' FIRST CHANCE!
And just like that, we have the first chance of the game. Dortmund win the ball high up the pitch and a wonderful layoff from Alcacer plays in Pherai but the 18-year-old's fierce shot flashes just wide of the post.
13' KEEPERS KEPT QUIET
There's been nothing in terms of goal scoring opportunities in the first quarter of an hour, with both sides happy to play patient stuff and wait for an opening. Both are very accomplished on the ball.
9' EVEN STEVENS
A very composed start from the hosts who are enjoying the majority of possession but Dortmund are slowly warming to proceedings. All very even in the early going.
1' GOYAL MAKES A SAVE
What a moment for the eight-year-old as Goyal makes a save inside the first minute, to a huge cheer from the crowd. He's then substituted off and Meredith comes on between the sticks.
Here we go!
BVB boss Lucien Favre is easing some of his big-name players back into action after a long summer break, but the likes of Reus, Sancho, Witsel, Brandt and Hazard all start on the bench - as does US youth international Reyna.
That gives a chance for youngsters Balerdi, Morey, Raschl and Pherai to shine alongside first-team regulars Bürki, Götze, Alcacer and Weigl.
NO LODEIRO OR MORRIS
While the home team begin with a number of regulars in the first team, notable absentees include Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris, who have been rested ahead of the team's MLS fixture against the Portland Timbers on Sunday.
DREAM COME TRUE FOR YOUNGSTER
The Make A Wish Foundation in Washington state has helped fulfill a wish of Bheem Goyal, an eight-year-old battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He will ceremonially start in goal this evening, with the game officially beginning when he is substituted out for Bryan Meredith.
STARS ON DISPLAY
Whether or not Reyna is given a chance to strut his stuff on home soil, there'll be plenty to entertain the crowd with the likes of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Mario Götze and Julian Brandt, among others, all set to feature.
Abdou Diallo will play no part, however, after completing a transfer to PSG yesterday, while fellow defender Manuel Akanji and Marcel Schmelzer both remained in Dortmund to recover from injuries.
DEBUT FOR REYNA?
Christian Pulisic may have departed this summer, but Dortmund still have an American on their books in Gio Reyna. The 16-year-old, who arrived from New York City FC, is part of the 26-man squad and would not doubt be delighted to make his first appearance for the senior team, having scored for the U19s last week.
We'll have the team news for you very shortly.
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