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5 things...Heynckes close to equalling unbeaten record

Here are five things you need to know ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga action...

5 things...Heynckes close to equalling unbeaten record

Here are five things you need to know ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga action...

5 things...Heynckes close to equalling unbeaten record

Here are five things you need to know ahead of this weekend's Bundesliga action...

FILE PHOTO: Bundesliga - Bayer Leverkusen vs Cologne

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Bayer Leverkusen vs Cologne - BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany - October 28, 2017 General view of the Video Assistant Referee equipment before the match REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Bundesliga: Who's Hot and Who's Not?

A look at the players who are in and out of form in the Bundesliga ahead of gameweek 12

Bundesliga: Who's Hot and Who's Not?

A look at the players who are in and out of form in the Bundesliga ahead of gameweek 12

Bundesliga: Who's Hot and Who's Not?

A look at the players who are in and out of form in the Bundesliga ahead of gameweek 12

PHOTO: Lewan-blonde-ski? Bayern Striker Ripped Apart by Jerome Boateng for Copycat Haircut

Jerome Boateng, has taken a dig at his Bayern Munich teammate teammates for copying his hair - most notably Polish attacker Robert Lewandowski, who has oddly dyed his hair a strange blonde/grey colour. Apparently scoring goals hasn't been enough to make people notice Lewandowski this season. Having found the back of the net on 11 occasions in the Bundesliga this term in as many games, the 29-year-old has now decided to ditch his usual brown haired look: Despite, now he looking like a taller...

PHOTO: Lewan-blonde-ski? Bayern Striker Ripped Apart by Jerome Boateng for Copycat Haircut

Jerome Boateng, has taken a dig at his Bayern Munich teammate teammates for copying his hair - most notably Polish attacker Robert Lewandowski, who has oddly dyed his hair a strange blonde/grey colour. Apparently scoring goals hasn't been enough to make people notice Lewandowski this season. Having found the back of the net on 11 occasions in the Bundesliga this term in as many games, the 29-year-old has now decided to ditch his usual brown haired look: Despite, now he looking like a taller...

PHOTO: Lewan-blonde-ski? Bayern Striker Ripped Apart by Jerome Boateng for Copycat Haircut

Jerome Boateng, has taken a dig at his Bayern Munich teammate teammates for copying his hair - most notably Polish attacker Robert Lewandowski, who has oddly dyed his hair a strange blonde/grey colour. Apparently scoring goals hasn't been enough to make people notice Lewandowski this season. Having found the back of the net on 11 occasions in the Bundesliga this term in as many games, the 29-year-old has now decided to ditch his usual brown haired look: Despite, now he looking like a taller...

Bundesliga - Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Hertha Berlin vs Bayern Munich - Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin, Germany - October 1, 2017 Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery goes down injured REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

McKennie Makes His Mark as USA Closes 2017 With Draw at Portugal

In the U.S. men’s national team’s first friendly since failing to qualify for the World Cup, Weston McKennie scored on his debut as the U.S. tied a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal 1-1 in Leiria, Portugal, on Tuesday.

McKennie, a 19-year-old midfielder who has emerged as a starter this season for Schalke in the German Bundesliga, put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute. But U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath committed one of the worst howlers you’ll ever see to gift Portugal an equalizer 10 minutes later.

It marked the last game of 2017 for the U.S. men, who will convene for a camp in January that will culminate with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Here are three thoughts on the game:

Several U.S. youngsters showed promise

McKennie’s goal was one of several positive moments for the young midfielder, who covered a lot of ground and showed he could be the No. 8 solution for the U.S. as it rebuilds.

Other encouraging performances by young players came from Matt Miazga (22), who was solid for 90 minutes in the central defense; Tyler Adams (18), who got a start at right midfield in a 4-1-4-1 and put himself in the right place on several occasions; Cameron Carter-Vickers (19), who played a strong second 45 at center back; and Lynden Gooch (21), who came on in the second half and delivered some dangerous crosses. It was just a friendly after the lowest moment in U.S. Soccer history, obviously, but there are some things to build on here.

Horvath has to shake this one off

Yikes. Horvath’s howler, in which he let Vitornio Antunes’s speculative shot go right through the wickets, will end up on all sorts of lowlight shows and be seen by some to symbolize the USMNT’s disaster of a year in 2017.

To make matters worse, Horvath nearly gave Portugal another goal a few minutes later with a brutal passing giveaway, and he came out at halftime in a pre-planned switch for Bill Hamid in the second half.

For a guy who recently lost his starting job at Belgium’s Club Brugge, the 22-year-old Horvath will have to do a gut check as his national team career moves forward. The good news is his night to forget took place in a meaningless friendly, not in, say, a World Cup qualifier.

Give Dave Sarachan some credit

The acting U.S. coach, who had been Bruce Arena’s assistant, may never be in this position again, but one month after the crushing blow in Trinidad and Tobago, Sarachan moved ahead and got a decent performance out of a young U.S. group to get the long rebuilding process started. The gut punch of missing out on Russia 2018 won’t be forgotten anytime soon, and this game won’t last long in anyone’s memory, but these performances by McKennie and Adams and Miazga will be a pebble on what this team hopes will be a pile of experience gained over the next five years that leads to the Qatar World Cup in November 2022. Sarachan and his players did their jobs this week. That’s all you can ask for right now as U.S. Soccer tries to recover.

McKennie, Adams set for US debuts against Portugal

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Schalke's Weston McKennie, left, and Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Josh Sargent remembered when coach John Hackworth greeted the U.S. Under-17 team at breakfast in India last month and told players the American senior team had failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. "Everybody thought he was joking," Sargent said. In the wake of the failure, Sargent has been promoted to the national team along with Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams for Tuesday's exhibition at Portugal. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Schalke's Weston McKennie, left, and Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Josh Sargent remembered when coach John Hackworth greeted the U.S. Under-17 team at breakfast in India last month and told players the American senior team had failed to qualify for next year's World Cup. "Everybody thought he was joking," Sargent said. In the wake of the failure, Sargent has been promoted to the national team along with Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams for Tuesday's exhibition at Portugal. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

James puts focus on Bayern after cutting Colombia duty short

Bayern Munich's quest to retain the Bundesliga title took priority over Colombia's friendly with China for James Rodriguez.

Bayern's Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring during the German Soccer Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

'We were drunk at training' - Gundogan reveals Dortmund's title celebrations

The Germany international has outlined how he and his former team-mates bonded on their way to Bundesliga success

'We were drunk at training' - Gundogan reveals Dortmund's title celebrations

The Germany international has outlined how he and his former team-mates bonded on their way to Bundesliga success

'We were drunk at training' - Gundogan reveals Dortmund's title celebrations

The Germany international has outlined how he and his former team-mates bonded on their way to Bundesliga success

'We were drunk at training' - Gundogan reveals Dortmund's title celebrations

The Germany international has outlined how he and his former team-mates bonded on their way to Bundesliga success

'We were drunk at training' - Gundogan reveals Dortmund's title celebrations

The Germany international has outlined how he and his former team-mates bonded on their way to Bundesliga success

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

The Germany international criticised the French league's lack of competitiveness, even though Bayern Munich tend to dominate in his home country

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

The Germany international criticised the French league's lack of competitiveness, even though Bayern Munich tend to dominate in his home country

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

'You go to PSG or not at all' - Kroos rates Bundesliga above Ligue 1

You go to PSG or not at all - Kroos prefers Bundesliga to Ligue 1

You go to PSG or not at all - Kroos prefers Bundesliga to Ligue 1

You go to PSG or not at all - Kroos prefers Bundesliga to Ligue 1

France's Ligue 1 is not as good as the Bundesliga because you know who will win the league in the end, according to Germany's Toni Kroos.

You go to PSG or not at all - Kroos prefers Bundesliga to Ligue 1

You go to PSG or not at all - Kroos prefers Bundesliga to Ligue 1

Report: Jose Mourinho Attends Sweden Match to Scout Emil Forsberg

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was in attendance for Sweden's World Cup qualifier against Italy on Friday night to scout RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg.

One of the standout players in the Bundesliga last season, Forsberg was linked to the Premier League in the summer - with Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly interested. However, United are prepared to throw their hat into the ring with the Swede rated at £30m.

Mourinho was spotted with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the stands, watching closely as Sweden sailed to a 1-0 win over Italy - setting up the second leg nicely for the Blue and Yellow.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the United boss is interested in bringing Forsberg to Old Trafford and kept a keen eye on the midfielder during the match.

Having enjoyed an excellent Bundesliga campaign last season - Forsberg was credited for his creativity as he notched up 19 assists.

Predominantly featuring out wide on the left, Forsberg was given the freedom to roam into central areas and use his vision to create chances. The Swedish international also possess an excellent dead-ball technique.

With Mourinho seemingly disappointed with Henrik Mkhitaryan's recent form and with Juan Mata failing to make a breakthrough into the first team - Forsberg could be the answer.

What often goes under the radar is the goal-scoring ability of the 26-year-old, who has netted past Monaco and Porto in the Champions League this season.

With all of these attributes working in his favour and tied down till 2022 with Leipzig, it could take much more than £30m to pluck him away from Germany. With the side currently second in the Bundesliga, Forsberg could be instrumental in another high flying season should he opt to stay.

Draxler not thinking about Bayern

The Germany midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Bundesliga giants but he maintains he is not interested at present

Draxler not thinking about Bayern

The Germany midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Bundesliga giants but he maintains he is not interested at present

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

'I'd always be Lewandowski's back-up' – Bayern move a non-starter for Modeste

The striker is open to returning to the Bundesliga after departing Germany for China, but Bayern Munich would not be of interest to him

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