The region that encompasses the area around Cologne is home to one of the most famous clubs in Germany. Founded in 1900, Borussia Monchengladbach was one of the glory teams in the 1970’s in the early stages of the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson is the latest player with a connection to the U.S. National Team to be a part of Die Foals, having helped the team to a third-place finish in the league and a berth in the group stage of next year’s UEFA Champions League.
Here’s a quick view of the other 'Gladbach players with MNT ties:
MICHAEL BRADLEY: Having come from Heerenveen where he finished the 2007-08 Dutch Eredevisie campaign with 21 goals in all competitions, the man that has captained the MNT in its last four games moved that summer to ‘Gladbach where he would make 76 appearances and score 10 goals between 2008-11.
KASEY KELLER: The three-time World Cup veteran spent 17 years as a National Team goalkeeper and earned 102 caps and 53 wins between the posts. He played three seasons for Monchengladbach, making 78 appearances with The Foals between 2005-07 and captaining the squad in the 2006-07 season. Keller famously lived in a 1,000 year-old castle during his time with the club.
BERTI VOGTS: The former German World Cup winner, who serves as Technical Advisor to the MNT, is perhaps the most notable and decorated player in ‘Gladbach club history. As a right back who played his entire career for his local club, he was a force during its golden years. During the 70’s, Vogts earned German Player of the Year honors twice (1971, 1979) and led the team to three-straight Bundesliga titles from 1975-77.
For the match Wednesday, Johnson will go up against three of his ‘Gladbach teammates: Kristoph Cramer, Max Kruse and Patrick Hermann.