Fabian Johnson with Hoffenheim
Action Photos

American Exports: Fabian Johnson helps Hoffenheim continue push to escape relegation

AMSTERDAM – Fabian Johnson helped Hoffenheim get their survival drive turned in the right direction with a 3-0 home victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday.

While Daniel Williams was dropped for the contest by new coach Markus Gisdol, Johnson returned to left back for a clean shift, earning three free kicks on his flank without conceding any. In part thanks to the American's efforts, Hoffenheim posted back-to-back Bundesliga shutouts at home for the first time since October of 2011.

READ: Shea, Dempsey expected back for Euro clubs this weekend

The victory, Hoffenheim's first at home in two months, tentatively pulled them to within a point of promotion/relegation playoff spot holder Augsburg. It also sliced their deficit on the last place in the safety zone, held by Fortuna, to six points.  


MLS All-Stars vs. Real Madrid is August 2. Limited tickets left!

Time is running out for your chance to see European champions Real Madrid face the best of MLS. Get your tickets to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.

More about All-Star  |  Event schedule