Dortmund started their summer programme of pre-season fixtures with a comfortable victory over fourth-tier American side Real San Jose in California this evening in their first match in five weeks.
Without the services of seven players competing at the World Cup in Brazil, BVB played two different XIs in each half, with the exception of Nigerian left-back Taye Taiwo who played the full match fuelling rumours of him gaining full match fitness ahead of an imminent departure.
Seven of the Champions League Final squad started the match, with BVB honouring their promise to play as close to a full-strength side as possible for forty-five minutes, and their class showed as they went in at the break with a dominant 3-0 scoreline.
The opener came from Kostas Katsouranis, who hasn’t yet been offered a new contract ahead of his one-year deal expiring next week. Taye Taiwo scored a second from the spot, and Julian Koch scored his first goal for the senior side shortly after.
Surman rang the changes at the interval, fielding four teenagers including sixteen year-old Benjamin Bella who was unlucky not to bag himself a goal on his first senior appearance. Daniel Ginczek scored a late fourth as BVB’s youngsters started to gel.
The squad wore #1-21. Squad numbers have not been assigned for the 2014-15 season.
REAL SAN JOSE 0-4 BORUSSIA DORTMUND Katsouranis 15 Taiwo 25 (pen) Koch 31 Ginczek 83 Att: 1,500 Friendly (US Tour), Yerba Buena High School. Breezy, 24°C
MATCHDAY TEAMSHEETS REAL SAN JOSE (Starters) | REAL SAN JOSE (Substitutes) | 1 Shaun DYKE 6.2 | 12 Gordon MOONEY 7.1 2 Pete ENGLAND 5.8 | 14 James FLACK 7.0 4 Danny EVANS 5.2 | 15 Malcolm WOOD 7.0 5 Shawn CARON 6.5 | 16 Jeremy PARSONS 7.0 6 Nate HEROLD (c) 6.9 | 17 David HANKINSON 6.9 3 Cristian FAGAN 5.7 | 18 Leon PRINCE 6.9 8 Gary MURRAY 5.8 | 7 Jared PALACIO 6.7 | 10 Brian BELTRAN 7.0 | 11 Mike BARRY 6.1 | 9 Tony TEMPEST 5.7 | ------------------------------- ------------------------------- BORUSSIA DORTMUND (1st 45') | BORUSSIA DORTMUND (2nd 45') | 1 Roman WEIDENFELLER (c) 7.1 | 12 Mitchell LANGERAK 7.4 2 Julian KOCH 7.6 | 16 Gordon SIEVERS 7.0 5 Felipe SANTANA 7.1 | 17 Alex LACEY 7.0 4 Neven SUBOTIC 7.1 | 15 Lasse SOBIECH 7.0 3 Taye TAIWO 7.6* | 3 Taye TAIWO 8.0* 6 Moritz LEITNER 7.1 | 19 Sven BENDER (c) 6.9 7 Kostas KATSOURANIS 7.4 | 14 Marc HORNSCHUH 7.0 11 Kevin GROßKREUTZ 7.6 | 18 Scott TANSER 7.1 10 Dennis PRAET 7.1 | 20 Jeremy DUDZIAK 7.1 9 Viktor FISCHER 7.0 | 22 Benjamin BELLA 6.9 8 Robert LEWANDOWSKI 7.0 | 21 Daniel GINCZEK 7.2
Match report by @realtimeFM:
 Real San Jose kick-off! Looks like quite a large crowd here tonight. BVB with a strong line-up, just missing their World Cup stars. They play again on Sunday against Vancouver Whitecaps U23s.
 First effort comes from Neven Subotic who has a crack from 30 yards out when a clearance sits up nicely on the half-volley for him, but it drops a yard or so wide.
 BVB have two matches before new signings Heinz Lindner and Cimo Röcker join the squad. Pressure could be on Taye Taiwo to put in a good showing today.
 Koch showing well down the right for Dortmund, finding Großkreutz on the overlap, but his cross is cleared.
 Katsouranis drills a low shot at goal from 18 yards out but it’s straight at Dyke.
 Kevin Großkreutz catches RSJ skipper Nate Herold late and gets a ticking off. Probably a yellow card in a competitive game. Nothing malicious, just a lack of match sharpness.
 Beltran gets the ball from the free-kick, turns 20 yards out and fizzes a low drive across the face of goal.
 Real San Jose 0-1 Dortmund: Kevin Großkreutz hits the goal line with a dribble down the left, pulling it back towards Lewandowski. His shot towards goal is blocked, but Kostas Katsouranis slots home the rebound low from ten yards out.
 Katsouranis wasn’t going to be offered a new contract after his one-year deal runs out at the end of the month, but that can’t hurt his chances!
 Leitner and Koch combine well but the latter’s cross is headed away at the far post by England.
 Fischer pulls the ball back from the goal line, a RSJ clearance doesn’t go far. Katsouranis nods it down for Taiwo but his snapshot curls wide from 20 yards out.
 Penalty! Cristian Fagan has been penalised for a trip on Kevin Großkreutz. The Dortmund man was running onto Koch’s pass into the box before his legs were taken from behind. No doubt about that.
 Real San Jose 0-2 Dortmund: Shaun Dyke goes the right way from the powerful spot kick by Taye Taiwo, and despite getting a hand to it, can only push it onto the post and into the top corner to extend the lead.
 RSJ’s three centre-backs are really being made to work defending crosses into the box from Fischer on the left and Koch on the right. Herold puts one behind for the first corner of the game. Murray thumps Praet’s delivery away at the near post.
 Second corner for BVB, awarded when Praet’s shot goes narrowly wide after deflecting off Evans’ heel.
 Neven Subotic loops a header towards goal at the near post and Shaun Dyke flings a hand at the top corner and tips it over the top. Great save. Praet jobs over to the other corner to take the next one.
 Real San Jose 0-3 Dortmund: Felipe Santana flicks on the corner at the near post, and Julian Koch stoops to get his head on it and bundle it home from inside the six-yard box. That’s his first goal for the senior side.
 Koch is enjoying today. His ball down the right for Leitner is a great pass, and BVB win a corner for his efforts. Subotic powers a header over the top as he runs on to Praet’s set-piece.
 Herold hammers behind Koch’s through-ball for another BVB corner. Dyke claims it without much fuss. Seven minutes to the break, all the Dortmund subs sent for a run, expect wholesale changes for them at the break.
 First half coming to a close, Dortmund happy to play the ball around without much extra effort. Just looking to get to the break.
HALF-TIME: Real San Jose 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)
[HT] Dortmund have made all ten changes at the break. Only Taye Taiwo stays out there. They’ve gone 4-4-2. Langerak in goal; Sievers and Taiwo at full-back, Lacey and Sobiech at centre-back; Tanser and Dudziak on the flanks, with Bender and Hornschuh in the centre; Ginczek and Bella up top.
[HT] Two changes for RSJ: Leon Prince and Jeremy Parsons on for Murray (5.8) and Tempest (5.7).
[HT] PA system announces that we have a full house here of 1,500.
 Home side test either of the Dortmund ‘keepers for the first time. Barry controls the ball well and squares it to Jared Palacio who takes a touch and drives from 20 yards. Langerak pushes it behind.
 Slow start to this second-half from Dortmund, but many of these players haven’t played alongside each other. Tanser gets a good cross in for Bella, but the sixteen year-old’s first touch takes the ball away from him.
 Palacio has the ball 20 yards out again and he curls one towards goal that Langerak has to be at full-stretch to tip wide. Hornschuh and Taiwo head away the corner and a second cross into the box.
 Three subs for RSJ: Flack, Wood, and Hankinson on for England (5.8), Fagan (5.7), and Barry (6.1). Here’s how the teams line-up at the moment after all the changes:
 Taiwo sends a nice ball into the box looking for the run of Bella but Dyke gets to it first.
 This time Ginczek gets the ball into the box, but Benjamin Bella’s flick towards goal is palmed away by the RSJ ‘keeper. BVB starting to pin the home side back in the final third.
 Daniel Ginczek gets ahead of his marker and dives with his head at a Taiwo cross but he can’t direct it on target.
 Dudziak gets down the left and cuts into the box, he chips it over towards the far post but neither Bella or Ginczek can get a touch on it.
 Another great run from Jeremy Dudziak and a lovely looping cross for Daniel Ginczek who leaps highest but grazes the top of the bar with his header.
 Gordon Mooney comes on as RSJ’s final sub, replacing ‘keeper Shaun Dyke (6.2).
 Great save from Mooney who tips a Scott Tanser header over the top. Looked like it was just about to drop in the far corner from Dudziak’s cross.
 Benjamin Bella snaps at a shot that deflects and bounces agonizingly wide for the youngster. There was a bit of pinball in the box when Taiwo’s shot was blocked and Dudziak fired the ball back into the six-yard box.
 Woodwork! Route one stuff from RSJ. Mooney’s huge kick upfield is flicked on by Palacio. David Hankinson takes it on his chest and drives past Langerak from 22 yards out, but his shot smashes off the crossbar.
 Great challenge from Gordon Sievers to take the ball away from Hankinson. Corner for RSJ. Lacey gets to the delivery ahead of Caron and clears for Dortmund.
 James Flack slams the ball into the back of the net from just outside the box, but play had stopped for an offside decision against Malcolm Wood on the left hand side before he put the cross in.
 Real San Jose 0-4 Dortmund: Home side caught napping straight from the offside decision. Langerak sends it up the right-hand side for Tanser who gets the ball right across the six-yard box where Daniel Ginczek has a simple finish.
 Foot off the gas now for Dortmund. Beltran has a long-range effort for RSJ which Langerak gets down and gathers with ease.
 Benjamin Bella has done everything but score for Dortmund this half. Hornschuh lays the ball off on the edge of the box, Bella curls it towards the top corner and only a brilliant save from Mooney denies him his first senior goal.
FULL-TIME: Real San Jose 0-4 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly) [PKM]
The squad are next in action on Sunday as they travel to Canada to play Vancouver Whitecaps’ Under-23 side. Surman is expected to play a young side, with the entire squad having flown out on the tour (except those in Brazil).
- 29.06: Vancouver Whitecaps U23 v. Borussia Dortmund XI
- 02.07: Fort Lauderdale Strikers v. Borussia Dortmund
- 09.07: SV Wuppertaler Borussia v. Borussia Dortmund