[AMERICANS ABROAD] Landon Donovan
, after playing in five friendly games for Bayern Munich, saw his first action in official competition in Bayern's 5-1 German
Cup round of 16 win over VfB Stuttgart.
Donovan was a 67th minute sub, replacing striker Luca Toni
, who had scored in the 43rd minute and assisted on Franck Ribery
in the 16th minute. The score was 5-0 when Donovan entered.
Donovan, who is on loan to Bayern from the Los Angeles Galaxy through mid-March, nearly scored on his first touch, shooting
narrowly wide. Four minutes later Donovan was denied by Stuttgart keeper Jens Lehmann
Other Bayern scorers were Bastian Schweinsteiger
(14th minute; 55th minute penalty
kick) and Ze Roberto
(59th). Mario Gomez
scored Stuttgart's consolation goal in the 84th minute.
A sellout crowd of 55,500 attended the game at Stuttgart's
Donovan had scored four goals in five friendlies during Bayern winter-break training. His first chance to see Bundesliga action comes on Friday when second-place
Bayern travels to fourth-place Hamburg SV.