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BERLIN---Thomas Mueller scored a
hat-trick as Bayern Munich opened
its German Cup defence with a 5--0
win over fourth-tier side BSV Rehden
"Such a game is always dangerous,"
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. "So
we re happy."
Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring
in the 18th, deflecting in Arjen Robben s
shot from close range after the Rehden
defence failed to clear the ball.
Mueller was unmarked when he
scored just before halftime with a head-
er from Rafinha s cross.
Rehden goalkeeper Milos Mandic
denied Mario Mandzukic with an acro-
batic save early in the second half, and
Mueller hit the crossbar from the result-
However, the Bayern attacker dusted
himself off to make it 3--0 from the
penalty spot after he was brought down
in the area in the 58th, and he com-
pleted his hat-trick in with a header
in the 64th.
Mueller was still furious with himself
for missing another chance late on,
before Robben wrapped up the scoring
two minutes from time.
"We re not perfect yet," Robben
said. "We re not at 100 per cent but
that s normal. We re ready for the
Bundesliga regardless. We ll be there
Earlier Monday, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
scored one goal and set up another for
Schalke to defeat fifth-tier FC Noet-
tingen 2--0 to advance to the second
Huntelaar struck in the 30th minute
but the visitors were made to wait until
the fourth minute of stoppage time
before the Dutchman could set up off-
season signing Leon Goretzka to secure
"They played well in the first half,
hit the crossbar twice," Huntelaar said.
"We were bad, you have to be honest."
Second-division side Paderborn
defeated third-tier MSV Duisburg 3--2,
and another second-division side,
Union Berlin, won 2--1 at third-division
defence of German
Cup with 5--0 win
SEATTLE---Clint Dempsey says his
surprising decision to move away
from Europe and sign for the Seattle
Sounders was made because he want-
ed to move back to the United States
at the prime of his career rather than
wait until his playing days were almost
"I just missed being in America,"
Dempsey said on Monday after his
move from Tottenham. "I wanted to
help continue the growth of the game
here. You can t help the growth of the
game if you come back and you don t
"I understand there is a lot of pres-
sure on me to succeed, a lot of expec-
tations that others have on me, but
also the expectations I put on myself
and when I decided to come back to
this league, I want to make an impact.
I want to do a good job. I don t want
to come and be passive and not be able
to make a difference in games. I want
to win things."
That pull was at the heart of
Dempsey s decision to have his agents
contact MLS in late July and start the
process that was finalised over the
weekend when Dempsey signed with
the Sounders, bringing back arguably
the best current American player to
the domestic league.
"I ve been in Europe for six-and-a-
half years and I just wanted to come
home. Each year was getting more dif-
ficult to go back," Dempsey said. "The
Seattle Sounders moved mountains to
get me here. It was an opportunity to
come back when I was in my prime
and continue growth in the league and
it s a challenge."
The 30-year-old Dempsey played
for the New England Revolution from
2004-06 before joining Fulham in 2007.
He moved to Tottenham last summer
and scored 12 goals in 43 games, but
wasn t a regular starter for Spurs while
being used in rotation with other
attacking players. Dempsey had two
years remaining on his contract at Tot-
Dempsey said he has yet to talk with
US national team coach Jurgen Klins-
mann about the move and a step back
in competition level from what he
would get staying in the Premier
Dempsey joins Seattle
in prime of his career
reacts at the
soccer cup first
and FC Bayern
Clint Dempsey holds a jersey as he is
introduced as the newest player for
the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer
team, Monday, in Seattle. Dempsey
previously played for Tottenham
Hotspur in the English Premier League.
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