It’s been a largely productive week for American players in the Bundesliga, with Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie performing to their usual high standard and Caleb Stanko celebrating a German top-flight debut. Bundesliga.com runs the rule over present, and possible future, USMNT stars.
Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund
Now just one game short of his 50th in the Bundesliga, Pulisic once again showed his tremendous value to BVB, who fell to Klassiker rivals Bayern Munich despite their American star’s best efforts.
No other player in the division this season has matched Pulisic’s eight one-on-one successes from twelve attempts on Saturday and it is that sort of endeavour that has BVB fans hopeful of an upturn in fortunes for their team following the international break. "I feel confident at the moment," the tricky attacker noted.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Pulisic
Games: 11, Wins: 6, Losses: 3, Draws: 2, Goals: 2, Assists: 1
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Caleb Stanko – Freiburg
Stanko is up and running in the Bundesliga. The outstanding performer in a rare home loss for Freiburg against Schalke, the 24-year-old midfielder made his German top-flight bow playing in the host’s three-man backline. Versatility has long been one of Stanko’s key strengths and his serene showing over a full 90 minutes against the Royal Blues offers his coach Christian Streich food for thought in the games ahead.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Stanko
Games: 1, Wins: 0, Losses: 1, Draws: 0, Goals: 0, Assists: 0
Weston McKennie – Schalke
These are exciting times for Schalke and McKennie, the midfielder featuring for a full 90 minutes for the second time in a narrow victory against Freiburg that lifted the Royal Blues to fourth in the standings. Playing with Max Meyer behind him and match-winner Daniel Caligiuri on his right, McKennie put in another notable performance – running a game high of 12.96 kilometres – to enhance his rapidly growing reputation in the Bundesliga. Indeed, with displays like Saturday’s, it can’t be long before the tall Texan takes his first steps with the USMNT seniors.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Mckennie
Games: 7, Wins: 3, Losses: 2, Draws: 2, Goals: 0, Assists: 0
John Brooks – Wolfsburg
Back from injury to make his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg in the 1-1 Matchday 10 draw against Schalke, Brooks lined out against his old club Hertha Berlin this week in what emerged as one of the games of the season. The player knows as ‘The Wall of Wolfsburg’ martialled striker Salomon Kalou well in the opening stages of the 3-3 classic and finished the game with a creditable nine tackles and 63 touches. His thigh injury now firmly behind him, Brooks is ready to get more games under his belt.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Brooks
Games: 2, Wins: 0, Losses: 0, Draws: 2, Goals: 0, Assists: 0
Fabian Johnson – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Johnson has made four starts and six Bundesliga appearances in total for Gladbach, but he watched the Foals’ 1-1 draw at home to Mainz from the bench at the weekend, coach Dieter Hecking choosing not to call on the USMNT player with 57 international caps to his name. The former Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim man will be fighting to return to the action when Gladbach visit Hertha Berlin after the international break.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Johnson
Games: 7, Wins: 4, Losses: 2, Draws: 1, Goals: 1, Assists: 0
Bobby Wood – Hamburg
Having failed to score since a Matchday two victory away to Cologne, Wood watched his team’s first win since that August success – a 3-1 home triumph against Stuttgart – from the bench on Saturday. The 24-year-old has yet to reproduce his prolific goalscoring form from previous club Union Berlin – where he managed 17 goals in 31 German second tier games – to HSV since his 2016 transfer. His appearance among the substitutes on Saturday, however, will surely fire the USMNT striker up for the Red Shorts’ trip to Schalke on 19 November.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Wood
Games: 9, Wins: 3, Losses: 5, Draws: 1, Goals: 1, Assists: 0
Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt
The Eagles will be without their right-sided martial for around two months after he underwent surgery on a knee injury sustained in the 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund at the end of last month.
2017/18 Bundesliga form guide: Chandler
Games: 9, Wins: 4, Losses: 3, Draws: 2, Goals: 0, Assists: 0