This was a heck of a day in European football, and the USMNT players abroad played their parts well.
Also a heck of a day for Borussias (Borussium? Plural police?).
Borussia Dortmund won a derby and sits first after Bayern Munich suffered a surprise loss.
Borussia Monchengladbach thumped RB Leipzig to move back within shouting distance of the top of the table.
Robert Lewandowski proved his shooting boots are still fine while the latest Barcelona teen to raise eyebrows picked up two assists.
And Ricardo Pepi had a little more pep in his step after being called up to USMNT camp and bagged his first Eredivisie goal.
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La Liga: Lewandowski shines with latest Barcelona teenager
Robert Lewandowski is going to get a whole ton of headlines after bagging a pair of goals in La Liga following his chance-frittering day against former club Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
But look at Xavi doing Barca things, bringing a teenage-year-old left back into the fold for a two-assist day in a 3-0 win over 10-man Elche.
Balde turns 19 next month and has made a handful of senior appearances in each of the last two seasons, but appearance No. 6 was a magic one on Saturday (video below).
La Masi-you later!
Elsewhere in La Liga, USMNT man Yunus Musah remained out through injury for Valencia and that meant we did not have USMNT vs USMNT when Luca de la Torre came off Celta Vigo’s bench late in Valencia’s 3-0 win.
Bundesliga: USMNT youngsters play roles in major wins; Bayern loses
Giovanni Reyna in a Revierderby. Joe Scally In a top-four tilt (most years) versus RB Leipzig.
Oooh, this is why we like our best and brightest sliding into historic club.
Reyna again had to come off the bench for injured Marco Reus, the latter part being a disheartening trend and a possibly World Cup-ending injury for the BVB bright light, but Borussia Dortmund won the first Revierderby in a few seasons by a 1-0 score at home to Schalke.
Reyna entered in the 32nd minute and went 52 minutes before Thorgan Hazard brought a more veteran presence to the field with BVB in the lead with six minutes to play at the Westfalenstadion.
He finished with a key passes, two completed dribbles, and two shots (neither was on target).
As for Scally, Borussia Monchengladbach seized a bit of momentum by putting a 3-0 beating on Leipzig. The right back won 7-of-10 duels and drew two fouls while registering a key pass
And by the way, Bayern lost to Augsburg despite Manuel Neuer’s best efforts. Dortmund’s in first!
Americans Abroad: Ricardo Pepi scores first Eredivisie goal
Even as Augsburg scores a historic win over Bayern Munich, Ricardo Pepi is enjoying life on loan from the Bundesliga set.
Called up to the USMNT for friendlies versus Japan and Saudi Arabia later this month while in-form Union Berlin striker Jordan Pefok was not, his form is clearly joining his national team stock while on loan in the Netherlands.
An assist on debut in a draw versus Cambuur was nice and now the lone Groningen goal in a 2-1 loss to Sparta Rotterdam gave him goal contributions in consecutive games.
Look out Saudi Arabia and Japan? Look out Wales? Here’s where I embed the video at top of my questioning Pefok’s omission and Pepi’s inclusion. Because honesty is good.
Really classy header here:
USMNT, European review: Dortmund wins derby; Pepi scores; Barca rolls originally appeared on NBCSports.com