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MNT European Update [Nov. 22]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-8-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Everton
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Blackburn
League Position: 13 (last week's position: 12)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 12/11    1       1/0            2/2         0      0/0        14/13     1        1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra has played in every match for which he has been available, going 90 in 11 of 12 league matches
  • Fulham couldn't keep the pace as they fell to a top three club for the second time in as many weeks, third-place Everton leaving home with their ninth victory of the campaign
  • The Cottagers host a Blackburn side that has yet to win on the road but will be liking their chances if recent history holds true as Rovers have poured in eight goals in their last two visits to Craven Cottage

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 11-5-4 (37 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] DNP in 0-1 loss @ Nottingham Forest
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Wigan
League Position: 4 (3)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E 
 14/3      0      0/0             2/1      0     0/0         16/4       0      0/0

QUICK HITS

  • Convey looked on as Reading suffered their third shutout loss of the year, this time to League Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest
  • Handed only their second loss in the last 13 league games, Reading go from the cellar to the summit in a clash with top-of-the table Wigan
  • But it's the hosts who hold the tale of the tape in this matchup, having gone 5-0-3 over the last eight matches against Wigan with three consecutive shutout victories to their credit, and an unbeaten 8-0-2 record at Majeski Stadium this year to boot.

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-6-5 (8 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played 90 minutes in 3-3 draw v. Birmingham
Next Match: [Nov. 27] @ Fulham
League Position: 20 (19)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO
 14/14     2.07     1                 0/0         -        -            14/14     2.07      1

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel and the rest of the rearguard were finally saved by their attacking mates as they erased a 3-1 halftime deficit to salvage a home draw
  • Blackburn pumped in three goals for the first time this season as they have stemmed the losing tide with four straight draws
  • Rovers will look to resuscitate their anemic road record (0-5-2) at Fulham having won four of the last five meetings between the clubs


Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 6-2-6 (24 points)
Last match: [Nov. 20] DNP in 2-0 win v. Charlton Athletic
Next Match: [Nov. 23] v. Lyon, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group D; [Nov. 27] @ West Bromwich Albion
League Position: 5 (6)

STATBOX
League                                Champions League       League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO              
  5/5       1.00    1                  3/3       1.00     1          2/2       0.00      2                  10/10    1.00      4

QUICK HITS

  • Howard sat in sweats as goals on either side of halftime gave United their second straight Premiership win and breathed new life into an uneven season
  • Still chasing the London duo at the head of the class, United take their momentum out for a spin with two intriguing matchups this week First they welcome Group D leaders Lyon to Old Trafford, the Red Devils boasting an unbeaten 5-0-2 lifetime record against French opponents in the Champions League as they look to snatch the top spot with two matches remaining in the first phase
  • Then it's off to meet minnows West Bromwich Albion as the second-worst side in the EPL is winless against mighty Man-U in their last six league outings


Kasey Keller
Southampton (loan), English Premier League
Record: 2-7-5 (11 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss at Norwich
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Crystal Palace
League Position: 17 (17)

STATBOX
Southampton
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA    SO  
  2/2       1.50      0                2/2       1.50      0

Spurs
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO  
  0/0          -       -                     2/2       1.50     1          2/2       1.50       1

QUICK HITS

  • Keller headed south Nov. 11 for a month-long stint after receiving an S.O.S. from a Southampton side that saw both first-team goalkeepers felled by injuries
  • After appearing for the Saints just 24 hours after arriving in town and recording his first victory, Keller and Co. came crashing back to earth as they handed Norwich their first victory in the EPL
  • With the relegation picture already coming into focus, Southampton cannot afford a slip against a dismal Crystal Palace side (16th place, 11 points) facing the abyss even as the winter game bonanza approaches

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 6-8-4 (22 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 19] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Cardiff
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Derby
League Position: 14 (15)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   Gls      C/E           GP:GS   Gls      C/E      GP:GS   Gls      C/E  
 19/17     2        5/0              1/1        0        1/1       20/18      2       6/1

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis' fifth caution of the campaign was the only blemish on the day as Preston picked up their first road win in 10 tries 
  • The shutout also ended a four-match winless skid, planting PNE right back in the middle of the pack While Preston run up against a streaking Derby side that is 4-1-1 over six matches, the matchup always seems to create fireworks.  PNE has taken three of the last four meetings which have produced a combined 17 goals


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-8-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played final nine minutes in 0-1 loss @ Everton
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Blackburn
League Position: 13 (12)


STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
10/3       0      0/0            3/1       2      0/0         13/4      2      0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • McBride reprised his role as a late-game option but couldn't provide the spark as Everton stretched their home unbeaten run against Fulham to five games
  • He would surely like to light the lamp against U.S. international and former Columbus Crew teammate Brad Friedel, the only current U.S. player in the EPL that McBride has yet to face

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 4-5-5 (17 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] DNP in 3-1 win @ Portsmouth
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Aston Villa
League Position: 11 (12)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
  7/6       0        0/0            0/0         -        -              7/6       0       0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna's recurrence of the the torn quad muscle suffered Nov. 13 against Blackburn is likely to keep the U.S. captain out 2-3 months
  • Reyna watched from a rehab room in Germany as Manchester City took full points for the first time in six matches, extending their unbeaten run to four games
  • The Blues welcome an Aston Villa side carrying 13 points from their last five matches and having climbed back into the top six in England
  • The teams are split right down the middle, the lifetime record deadlocked at 52-52-37 in all competitions dating back to 1899

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 4-6-4 (16 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 22] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss v. Aachen
Next Match: [Nov. 29] @ SVW Burghausen
League Position: 14 (12)

STATBOX
League                                    DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
10/10      0       3/0            1/1       0        0/0        11/11     0       3/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Cottbus were on the short end of three first half goals as they dropped their second straight and are left hovering just above the relegation zone in the tightly packed Second Bundesliga
  • There's no better evidence of the current quagmire than the Cottbus opponent for the weekend as Burghausen hold a .500 record and are just three points ahead of Energie, yet sit nine places ahead in the table


Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-4-4 (22 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] started and played 82 minutes in 1-0 win v. Bochum
Next Match: [Nov. 27] @ Bayern Munich
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 12/6        1      1/0             2/2       2       0/0         14/8      3       1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Casey has seen his name on the starter's list for four matches running as Mainz made it seven in a row at the Stadion am Bruchweg without a loss
  • Ending a three-match winless spell, their climb towards a place in Europe hits a major roadblock when they travel to the Olimpiastadion to face the Bundesliga's best in Bayern Munich

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 7-4-3 (24 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ FC Nurnberg
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. VfB Stuttgart
League Position: 5 (6)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 13/13    1       1/0              2/2       1      0/0        15/15      2      1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • A late-game gaff cost Hannover the full points, the visitors unlucky not to snare their eighth win of the campaign
  • Nonetheless, Hannover have continued their strong run out of the gate, going 6-1-1 over the last eight while maintaining a place near the leaderboard
  • Carrying a 5-1-1 record at the AWD Arena and a league-low four goals against, Hannover look to climb over fourth-place Stuttgart


Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 7-4-3 (24 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] DNP in 1-1 draw @ FC Nurnberg
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. VfB Stuttgart
League Position: 5 (6)


STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
  4/3         1      0/0            1/1        0       0/0           5/4       1       0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Mathis is Mr. Invisible in Hannover, left off the squad sheet for the eighth straight contest
  • The U.S. international last earned minutes in the 1-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld on Sept. 28

HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 11-0-2 (35 points)
Last match: [Nov. 21] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win @ Vitesse
Next Match: [Nov. 24] v. Arsenal, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group E; [Nov. 27] v. FC Twente
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 11/7       3       0/0             5/4       2       1/0        16/11     5      1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Beasley kept the Midas touch as his insurance goal in stoppage time helped extend PSV's lead to five points at the head of the class
  • PSV have rolled off an astounding 10-game shutout run in league play, going 9-0-1 over that span with 21 goals scored
  • The dance card is full at the Philips Stadion this week, with the Dutch team kicking off home action looking to seal first place in Group E with an encounter against an Arsenal side starting to show the slightest chinks in their armor
  • The cleaning crews will be moving swiftly to regroup for the weekend match as PSV sport a flawless 6-0-0 record at home heading into the meeting with FC Twente


John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 7-2-4 (25 points)
Last match: [Nov. 20] DNP in 5-0 win @ De Graafschap
Next Match: [Nov. 23] @ Juventus, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group C; [Nov. 28] v. Roosendaal
League Position: 4 (4)

STATBOX
League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
  1/1         0      0/0            0/0       -        -                1/1       0       0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • O'Brien continues to rehab the hamstring injury he suffered in his debut match Nov. 7 against Willem II
  • Meantime, his side have gone unbeaten in their last three, the latest a 5-0 walloping of De Graafschaap
  • They'll need that killler instinct going into this week's must-win game against group leaders Juventus, who are the only side in the Champions League yet to concede a goal.  Ajax have just three points from four games, and second-place Bayern are favorites to visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • The attention returns to the league on the weekend, with the Amsterdammers hoping to climb into the top three with a win against a Roosendaal side that has failed to capture a single point in six tries on the road this year

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 3-7-5 (14 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Toulouse
Next Match: [Nov. 27] v. Caen
League Position: 18 (16)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 12/11    0      3/0           12/11    0      3/0    

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney returned to the first XI but the results were sadly the same, Bastia being dealt their second straight shutout defeat loss put their league drought at 10 games, the Corsicans holding a vexing 0-4-3 away from their island paradise
  • They've fared better at Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium where their account sits at a level 3-3-2, as they welcome a Caen side with only one loss in their last five outings

BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 7-4-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 20] played 90 minutes in 4-1 win v. P. Maasmechelen, Belgium Cup, Round of 16
Next Match: [Nov. 25] v. Parma, UEFA Cup, Group B; [Nov. 27] @ Saint Trond VV
League Position: 4 (5)

STATBOX
League                         UEFA Cup                  Belgium Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        GP:GS  Gls    C/E 
12/12      2      4/0            3/3        0       0/0          1/1         0       0/0         16/16    2       4/0

QUICK HITS

  • Gooch is enjoying a good spell for both club and country, helping Standard into the Round of 8 in the Belgium Cup after a solid 4-1 victory
  • The competition hopping continues as Standard look for their first points in the UEFA Cup against Parma
  • With only goal differential separting Standard from third-place Louvière, the visitors will look to climb the ladder against inconsistent Saint Trond

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