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(From L) Bayern Munich's David Alaba, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski celebrate after the first goal during their German first division Bundesliga match against Cologne, in Munich, on December 13, 2017

Stoeger's calming influence brings early reward for Dortmund

Dortmund's new coach Peter Stoeger gives an interview prior to a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Stoeger's calming influence brings early reward for Dortmund

Dortmund's Sokratis, right, celebrates his side's opening goal during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Dortmund's new coach Peter Stoeger gives an interview prior to a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Dortmund's Sokratis, right, celebrates his side's opening goal during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

No Contest: Teenage Sensation Pulisic Wins U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year

A year of defeat and discontent in American men’s soccer will be remembered for one good thing—the performance of the preternaturally gifted Christian Pulisic. The 19-year-old helped Borussia Dortmund win the German Cup, and he carried the U.S. national team at times during its doomed World Cup qualifying campaign. As a result, he was the easy choice—and really the only choice—for the U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award announced Thursday afternoon.

Pulisic won in an avalanche, earning a whopping 94% of the vote conducted by U.S. players, federation and pro coaches, and “select former players, administrators and media members.” He’s the youngest player in the award’s 34-year-history to win, eclipsing four-time honoree Landon Donovan, who won it for the first time at 21.

"It's definitely a big honor for me. I just could never imagine being here so soon," Pulisic told Fox as his win was announced.

Pulisic’s resume was unimpeachable. He tallied six goals and four assists in nine national team appearances (eight of which were qualifiers). The USA scored 17 goals across those nine games and Pulisic was involved in 13 of them, highlighting his indispensability. His strike in a moribund Hexagonal finale in Trinidad, which eliminated the USA from next summer’s World Cup, was symbolic of his ability to rise to an occasion while so many around him struggled.

Asked how he felt following that defeat, Pulisic said Thursday he was "destroyed," adding, "It was my biggest dream. Everything I wanted to do was go to the World Cup, and obviously for me it was just a huge disappointment we couldn't do it."

Regarding his status as a teenager who is already a national team linchpin, Pulisic told Fox, "It's something that I've had to deal with at a young age. I'm kind of coming to terms with it, where I stand with the team and in the U.S. It's something I'm definitely still learning through. I have the best people to help me through it."

He wasn’t as vital at Dortmund, but he certainly was effective. Among his three goals in the spring was the go-ahead tally against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League round-of-16, and he earned the penalty kick that lifted BVB to win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal final. Pulisic kicked off the 2017-18 club campaign with a goal against Bayern Munich in the DFL Supercup, and he’s added two more in Bundesliga play.

The other finalists were last year’s winner, Jozy Altidore, along with Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris, whose late game-winning goal against Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final was overshadowed by the ensuing World Cup disaster.

Pulisic, who won the Young Male Player of the Year award in 2016, becomes the 24th man to win American soccer’s highest annual individual honor. The rest:

1984—Rick Davis

1985—Perry Van der Beck

1986—Paul Caligiuri

1987—Brent Goulet

1988—Peter Vermes

1989—Mike Windischmann

1990—Tab Ramos

1991—Hugo Perez

1992—Marcelo Balboa

1993—Thomas Dooley

1994—Marcelo Balboa

1995—Alexi Lalas

1996—Eric Wynalda

1997—Kasey Keller

1998—Cobi Jones

1999—Kasey Keller

2000—Chris Armas

2001—Earnie Stewart

2002—Brad Friedel

2003—Landon Donovan

2004—Landon Donovan

2005—Kasey Keller

2006—Oguchi Onyewu

2007—Clint Dempsey

2008—Tim Howard

2009—Landon Donovan

2010—Landon Donovan

2011—Clint Dempsey

2012—Clint Dempsey

2013—Jozy Altidore

2014—Tim Howard

2015—Michael Bradley

2016—Jozy Altidore

The video assistant referee, commonly known as VAR, has been used since the start of this season in Serie A and the Bundesliga.

Dortmund's Sokratis, left, celebrates his side's opening goal during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund in Mainz, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017 file photo then Dortmund's head coach Peter Bosz waits for the beginning of the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany. At Tuesday's, Dec. 12, 2017 post-game press conference in Mainz, the new Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger paid tribute to his predecessor Bosz for the work he did, though it ultimately failed to bring the club success. Dortmund won the match against FSV Mainz 05 on Tuesday with 2-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

Inaugural Prospects Cup Nears With Top U-12 Teams Set for Showcase

The Prospects Cup, an international youth soccer tournament featuring some of the biggest teams in the world, will take place in Kissimmee, Florida, from December 18-22 and it will host 16 of the best U-12 teams from around the world.

This is the Cup’s inaugural tournament and includes the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Boca Juniors, AS Roma and Borussia Dortmund. The competition also includes eight teams based in the U.S. such as FC Dallas, Global Premier Soccer and Real Jersey FC.

U.S. men's national team and Borussia Dortmund standout Christian Pulisic will be involved, using some of his Bundesliga winter break to be present at the tournament final as the official global ambassador for the tournament, which will be televised in Spanish on Univision Deportes. In addition, its nightly news program ‘Contacto Deportivo’ will showcase feature stories on the tournament, teams and its players.

“I think it’s a really good platform for a lot of young kids and show their abilities, challenge themselves against different competition from around the world,” said Pulisic, speaking exclusively to SI’s Grant Wahl during a Facebook Live event last month.

Aside from his obvious, close relationship with Dortmund, Pulisic’s father also used to coach Dortmund’s U-10 team, so the interest in the tournament is close to his heart.

“I know most of players in that team so I’m really excited to be a part of it,” he said.

The tournament takes the elements of a World Cup format: Eight groups (or pools, as they’re called in this particular case) of four teams. Pool A and B feature the domestic teams and Pool C and D the internationals. The group winners of each division (based upon cumulative points) will advance to the semifinal. The division runners-up will play in the consolation match, and the winners will compete for the title.

A domestic team can’t meet its international counterpart until the championship game.

From a U.S. soccer perspective, this is a great opportunity for American kids to test themselves against domestic and international counterparts while learning what it’s like to face a wide range of talent and coaching philosophies. Being one of the most popular sports in the U.S. from a participation perspective, the Prospects Cup is also a chance to enhance the cultural value of the game in the United States.

“It is not our role to prepare our youth for the world stage, but if our event can be helpful towards that end, terrific,” said Rick Alessandri, Executive Vice President for Enterpise Development at Univision, which is producing the event. “Our tournament is more than just about the end result. It is about the shared experiences these young athletes will enjoy and the new cultural learnings they will take back home.”

Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga's top 10

Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga's top 10

Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga's top 10

Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga's top 10

Bayern wrapping up Ribery for Christmas

The Frenchman has recovered from a ligament injury, and the Bundesliga giants are playing it safe with his recovery ahead of the mid-season break

Bayern wrapping up Ribery for Christmas

The Frenchman has recovered from a ligament injury, and the Bundesliga giants are playing it safe with his recovery ahead of the mid-season break

I should’ve joined Manchester United, Bayern Munich great Kahn admits

He may have enjoyed breaking a string of records in the Bundesliga, but the great feels that he might have spent his time better at Old Trafford

I should’ve joined Manchester United, Bayern Munich great Kahn admits

He may have enjoyed breaking a string of records in the Bundesliga, but the great feels that he might have spent his time better at Old Trafford

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs Cologne

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 13, 2017 Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 13, 2017 Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes gestures REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Heynckes: Bayern struggled against Cologne

While the Bavarians opened a nine-point lead atop the Bundesliga on Wednesday, the manager was not completely satisfied after a tough win

Hot or Not...Alaba still unbeaten against Koln

David Alaba has still never lost to Koln in the Bundesliga. See who to look out for ahead of this weeken'd Bundesliga action.

Hot or Not...Alaba still unbeaten against Koln

David Alaba has still never lost to Koln in the Bundesliga. See who to look out for ahead of this weeken'd Bundesliga action.

Hot or Not...Alaba still unbeaten against Koln

David Alaba has still never lost to Koln in the Bundesliga. See who to look out for ahead of this weeken'd Bundesliga action.

Lewandowski scores as Bayern stretches Bundesliga lead

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski , left, celebrates with team mate Franck Ribery after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and 1.FC Koeln in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Lewandowski scores as Bayern stretches Bundesliga lead

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and 1.FC Koeln in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and 1.FC Koeln in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, left, and Schalke's Guido Burgstaller jump for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Schalke's scorer Guido Burgstaller and Franco di Santo celebrate in front of Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Schalke defeated Augsburg with 3-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Schalke defends its goal against Augsburg's Sergio Cordova during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs Cologne

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 13, 2017 Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their first goal with Franck Ribery REUTERS/Michael Dalder DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski , left, celebrates with team mate Franck Ribery after scoring his side's opening goal during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and 1.FC Koeln in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Schalke's head coach Domenico Tedesco celebrates after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Schalke defeated Augsburg with 3-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Lewandowski Strike Sends Bayern Munich Nine Points Clear

Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal of the game to deny bottom side Cologne what would have been a memorable point and move the defending champions nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

After Leipzig could only draw 1-1 away to Wolfsburg, Bayern knew that a win here would see them extend their seven-point lead at the top of the table. Having been rested for the weekend win at Frankfurt, David Alaba, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski all returned to the starting eleven, meaning Joshua Kimmich, Javier Martinez, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman the men who dropped to the bench.

Cologne meanwhile, made two changes from the side that came agonisingly close to a first league win of the season on Sunday, with Tim Handwerker and Jorge Mere replacing Sehrou Guirassy and Konstantin Rausch.

And in a team hampered by injuries to fourteen first team players, it was 21-year-old right-back Lukas Klunter who was tasked attacking duties in the absence of any available strikers.

Bayern's first chance would come twelve minutes into the match, Franck Ribery's lofted ball found Thomas Muller in behind the Cologne defence, but goalkeeper Timo Horn charged down the effort from a tight angle, with the resulting corner coming to nothing.

Despite all their dominance of both possession and territory, it was an frustrating opening 25 minutes for the defending champions. Sule and Boateng both headed over from corners despite being unmarked, while Lewnadowski's turn and volley from close range had neither the power nor placement to beat Horn in the Cologne goal.

For their part Cologne had a couple of half chances of their own, Klunter's effort from the edge of the area was easily held by Starke in the Bayern goal, while Milos Jojic was unlucky not to be awarded a corner when his breakaway effort deflected behind off Alaba.

Arturo Vidal, Bayern's matchwinner in Frankfurt at the weekend, was the next to go close 37 minutes in, flashing an effort across the face of goal from inside the area, and seconds later Muller was again frustrated by a tight angle as he headed into the side-netting.

For all Bayern's efforts, it was Cologne who returned to the dressing room the happier of the two sides, as the injury-ravaged basement dwellers became the first side to stop Bayern scoring in the first half of a home league game since Schalke in April 2016.

Following the disappointment of that first half, Jupp Heynckes wasted no time in shaking up his Bayern side at the break, with Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez sent on in place of Vidal and Tolisso.

It took Bayern just moments to squander their first chance of the second half, as David Alaba hacked an effort wide after bringing down Boateng's cross little more than eight yards from goal.

Minutes later it was Lewandowski's turn to send another chance begging, as he somehow managed head wide Muller's fizzing cross from point-blank range. Minutes later the same combination would see the Polish striker volley well over from just outside the area.

Finally though, on the stroke of the hour, Bayern found their opener. A lofted pass from Boateng found the onrushing Muller, and this time Lewandowski was able to dispatch Muller's cushioned header back into the bottom corner from six yards out, continuing his run of scoring in every home league game this season in the process.

The hosts very nearly doubled their lead five minutes later, as Boateng's pinpoint pass was met by Coman, but his downward bounced agonisingly onto the bar, and Lewandowski was unable to follow up on the rebound.

Though Bayern's onslaught continued, the floodgates refused to open. Rudy had a long-range effort that stung the fists of Horn before Lewandowski fired over while unchallenged after the ball fell kindly from a corner as the game entered the final quarter of an hour.

Five minutes from time James Rodriguez came the closest to doubling Bayern's advantage, drifting inside before striking a curling that produced a flying save from the impressive Cologne stopper Horn.

Bayern were very nearly made to rue that miss minutes later, as the young Klunter did well to make space for a shot from the edge of the area, only for Starke to dive low and throw out a strong hand to deny the young defender turned attacker an unforgettable moment.

What had for so long looked like a training game for Bayern had almost ended in embarrassment, but the defending champions saw out those final seconds to continue what is already starting to look like a charge to yet another Bundesliga title.

Lewandowski Strike Sends Bayern Munich Nine Points Clear

Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal of the game to deny bottom side Cologne what would have been a memorable point and move the defending champions nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

After Leipzig could only draw 1-1 away to Wolfsburg, Bayern knew that a win here would see them extend their seven-point lead at the top of the table. Having been rested for the weekend win at Frankfurt, David Alaba, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski all returned to the starting eleven, meaning Joshua Kimmich, Javier Martinez, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman the men who dropped to the bench.

Cologne meanwhile, made two changes from the side that came agonisingly close to a first league win of the season on Sunday, with Tim Handwerker and Jorge Mere replacing Sehrou Guirassy and Konstantin Rausch.

And in a team hampered by injuries to fourteen first team players, it was 21-year-old right-back Lukas Klunter who was tasked attacking duties in the absence of any available strikers.

Bayern's first chance would come twelve minutes into the match, Franck Ribery's lofted ball found Thomas Muller in behind the Cologne defence, but goalkeeper Timo Horn charged down the effort from a tight angle, with the resulting corner coming to nothing.

Despite all their dominance of both possession and territory, it was an frustrating opening 25 minutes for the defending champions. Sule and Boateng both headed over from corners despite being unmarked, while Lewnadowski's turn and volley from close range had neither the power nor placement to beat Horn in the Cologne goal.

For their part Cologne had a couple of half chances of their own, Klunter's effort from the edge of the area was easily held by Starke in the Bayern goal, while Milos Jojic was unlucky not to be awarded a corner when his breakaway effort deflected behind off Alaba.

Arturo Vidal, Bayern's matchwinner in Frankfurt at the weekend, was the next to go close 37 minutes in, flashing an effort across the face of goal from inside the area, and seconds later Muller was again frustrated by a tight angle as he headed into the side-netting.

For all Bayern's efforts, it was Cologne who returned to the dressing room the happier of the two sides, as the injury-ravaged basement dwellers became the first side to stop Bayern scoring in the first half of a home league game since Schalke in April 2016.

Following the disappointment of that first half, Jupp Heynckes wasted no time in shaking up his Bayern side at the break, with Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez sent on in place of Vidal and Tolisso.

It took Bayern just moments to squander their first chance of the second half, as David Alaba hacked an effort wide after bringing down Boateng's cross little more than eight yards from goal.

Minutes later it was Lewandowski's turn to send another chance begging, as he somehow managed head wide Muller's fizzing cross from point-blank range. Minutes later the same combination would see the Polish striker volley well over from just outside the area.

Finally though, on the stroke of the hour, Bayern found their opener. A lofted pass from Boateng found the onrushing Muller, and this time Lewandowski was able to dispatch Muller's cushioned header back into the bottom corner from six yards out, continuing his run of scoring in every home league game this season in the process.

The hosts very nearly doubled their lead five minutes later, as Boateng's pinpoint pass was met by Coman, but his downward bounced agonisingly onto the bar, and Lewandowski was unable to follow up on the rebound.

Though Bayern's onslaught continued, the floodgates refused to open. Rudy had a long-range effort that stung the fists of Horn before Lewandowski fired over while unchallenged after the ball fell kindly from a corner as the game entered the final quarter of an hour.

Five minutes from time James Rodriguez came the closest to doubling Bayern's advantage, drifting inside before striking a curling that produced a flying save from the impressive Cologne stopper Horn.

Bayern were very nearly made to rue that miss minutes later, as the young Klunter did well to make space for a shot from the edge of the area, only for Starke to dive low and throw out a strong hand to deny the young defender turned attacker an unforgettable moment.

What had for so long looked like a training game for Bayern had almost ended in embarrassment, but the defending champions saw out those final seconds to continue what is already starting to look like a charge to yet another Bundesliga title.

Lewandowski Strike Sends Bayern Munich Nine Points Clear

Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal of the game to deny bottom side Cologne what would have been a memorable point and move the defending champions nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

After Leipzig could only draw 1-1 away to Wolfsburg, Bayern knew that a win here would see them extend their seven-point lead at the top of the table. Having been rested for the weekend win at Frankfurt, David Alaba, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski all returned to the starting eleven, meaning Joshua Kimmich, Javier Martinez, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman the men who dropped to the bench.

Cologne meanwhile, made two changes from the side that came agonisingly close to a first league win of the season on Sunday, with Tim Handwerker and Jorge Mere replacing Sehrou Guirassy and Konstantin Rausch.

And in a team hampered by injuries to fourteen first team players, it was 21-year-old right-back Lukas Klunter who was tasked attacking duties in the absence of any available strikers.

Bayern's first chance would come twelve minutes into the match, Franck Ribery's lofted ball found Thomas Muller in behind the Cologne defence, but goalkeeper Timo Horn charged down the effort from a tight angle, with the resulting corner coming to nothing.

Despite all their dominance of both possession and territory, it was an frustrating opening 25 minutes for the defending champions. Sule and Boateng both headed over from corners despite being unmarked, while Lewnadowski's turn and volley from close range had neither the power nor placement to beat Horn in the Cologne goal.

For their part Cologne had a couple of half chances of their own, Klunter's effort from the edge of the area was easily held by Starke in the Bayern goal, while Milos Jojic was unlucky not to be awarded a corner when his breakaway effort deflected behind off Alaba.

Arturo Vidal, Bayern's matchwinner in Frankfurt at the weekend, was the next to go close 37 minutes in, flashing an effort across the face of goal from inside the area, and seconds later Muller was again frustrated by a tight angle as he headed into the side-netting.

For all Bayern's efforts, it was Cologne who returned to the dressing room the happier of the two sides, as the injury-ravaged basement dwellers became the first side to stop Bayern scoring in the first half of a home league game since Schalke in April 2016.

Following the disappointment of that first half, Jupp Heynckes wasted no time in shaking up his Bayern side at the break, with Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez sent on in place of Vidal and Tolisso.

It took Bayern just moments to squander their first chance of the second half, as David Alaba hacked an effort wide after bringing down Boateng's cross little more than eight yards from goal.

Minutes later it was Lewandowski's turn to send another chance begging, as he somehow managed head wide Muller's fizzing cross from point-blank range. Minutes later the same combination would see the Polish striker volley well over from just outside the area.

Finally though, on the stroke of the hour, Bayern found their opener. A lofted pass from Boateng found the onrushing Muller, and this time Lewandowski was able to dispatch Muller's cushioned header back into the bottom corner from six yards out, continuing his run of scoring in every home league game this season in the process.

The hosts very nearly doubled their lead five minutes later, as Boateng's pinpoint pass was met by Coman, but his downward bounced agonisingly onto the bar, and Lewandowski was unable to follow up on the rebound.

Though Bayern's onslaught continued, the floodgates refused to open. Rudy had a long-range effort that stung the fists of Horn before Lewandowski fired over while unchallenged after the ball fell kindly from a corner as the game entered the final quarter of an hour.

Five minutes from time James Rodriguez came the closest to doubling Bayern's advantage, drifting inside before striking a curling that produced a flying save from the impressive Cologne stopper Horn.

Bayern were very nearly made to rue that miss minutes later, as the young Klunter did well to make space for a shot from the edge of the area, only for Starke to dive low and throw out a strong hand to deny the young defender turned attacker an unforgettable moment.

What had for so long looked like a training game for Bayern had almost ended in embarrassment, but the defending champions saw out those final seconds to continue what is already starting to look like a charge to yet another Bundesliga title.

Schalke's head coach Domenico Tedesco celebrates after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Schalke defeated Augsburg with 3-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Schalke's team celebrates after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Schalke defeated Augsburg with 3-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Schalke's team celebrates after winning the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Schalke defeated Augsburg with 3-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 13, 2017 Cologne’s Filip Kusic shakes hands with Lukas Klunter as Christian Clemens and Jorge Mere look dejected REUTERS/Michael Dalder DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050

Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich vs FC Cologne - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 13, 2017 Cologne's Dominique Heintz looks dejected REUTERS/Michael Dalder DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER GAME. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050

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