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European Update: April 19, 2005


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 9-16-7 (34 points)
Last match: [April 16] DNP in 1-1 draw v. Manchester City
Next Match: [April 19] @ Middlesbrough; [April 23] @ Chelsea
League Position: 16 (last week's position: 16)

STATBOX
League                     FA Cup                      League Cup              TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls  C/E     GP:GS  Gls    C/E     GP:GS  Gls  C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E 
 28/26     1    4/0         3/3        0      1/0         3/3       0     0/0        34/32     1      5/0

QUICK HITS

    * Bocanegra did not get minutes for the second straight game, marking the first time this year he sat out two in a row while healthy
    * Fulham snatched an important point with a 76th minute equalizer that moved them seven points ahead of the pace in the relegation battle
    * Winless in their last four on the road, Fulham face a pair of trips this week beginning with a visit to eighth-place Middlesbrough on Tuesday.  The Cottagers have only taken one point from their last six trips to Riverside Stadium
    * Then they head across town to the lion's den of Stamford Bride, where league leaders and Champions League hopefuls Chelsea are closing in on the Premiership title

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 19-11-13 (70 points)
Last match:  [April 16] DNP in 1-0 win v. Nottingham Forrest
Next Match: [April 23] @ Cardiff City
League Position: 6 (6)

STATBOX
League                      FA Cup                      League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E    GP:GS  Gls    C/E     GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E
 18/4      0      0/0       2/2           0      0/0         2/1       0      0/0        22/7      0        0

QUICK HITS

    * Convey continues to keep his skills sharp with the reserves while awaiting another crack with the first team
    * Reading posted their 19th shutout of the season in pushing Nottingham Forrest one step closer to League One while moving four points ahead of West Ham in the race for the final playoff spot
    * The Royals travel to Wales to face a Cardiff side desperately trying to stave off relegation, having taken full points from their first encounter, a 2-1 win on Nov. 14 at Madejski Stadium

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 19-3-10 (67 points)
Last match: [April 17] played 90 minutes in 4-1 win v. Newcastle, FA Cup, Semifinal
Next Match: [April 20] @ Everton; [April 24] v. Newcastle
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                                Champions League       FA Cup                          League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO       GP:GS   GAA    SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO              
10/10     0.80     4                  5/5      1.40     1          4/4       0.25      3            5/5      0.40      4                   24/24    0.75     12

QUICK HITS

    * After sheperding United to a 4-1 victory against Newcastle, Howard will have a chance to defend the FA Cup title and earn Man-U's only silverware of the season in a tantalizing final against Arsenal on May 21 at the Millenium Stadium
    * In the meantime, the Red Devils continue to chase Arsenal for second place in the table and an automatic place in the Champions League
    * They get two bites at the apple this week, first traveling to well-accomplished Everton.  Despite their fifth-place standing, Everton will be looking to dump a huge monkey off their back - that monkey being a 20-match winless spell against the visitors
    * Then it's back to Old Trafford as they welcome weary Newcastle United who may still be licking their wounds from the FA Cup pasting put on by United over the weekend

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 21-11-11 (74 points)
Last match:  [April 16] played 90 minutes in 3-0 win v. Cardiff
Next Match: [April 24] @ Millwall
League Position: 4 (4)

STATBOX
League                      FA Cup                       League Cup               TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls   C/E     GP:GS   Gls   C/E      GP:GS   Gls   C/E     GP:GS   Gls   C/E 
40/37      4     8/0         1/1        0      0/0           1/1        0     1/0       42/39      4     9/0

QUICK HITS

    * Lewis made his tenth consecutive start, going the distance as Preston made it nine in a row without a loss to Cardiff
    * With only two losses in their last 20 league matches, Preston are on the verge of clinching a place in the promotion playoffs, their magic number now at five points with three matches remaining
    * They travel to the infamously unfriendly confines of the New Den to face a Millwall side now out of contetion for the playoffs.  Lewis scored his second goal of the campaign in the teams' first meeting, a 1-1 draw on Nov. 13 at Deepdale


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 9-16-7 (34 points)
Last match: [April 16] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Manchester City
Next Match: [April 19] @ Middlesbrough; [April 23] @ Chelsea
League Position: 16 (16)

STATBOX
League                     FA Cup                      League Cup            TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls  C/E     GP:GS  Gls    C/E     GP:GS  Gls  C/E    GP:GS   Gls    C/E
  24/8      1     0/0         2/0       0      0/0         4/2       3     0/0       30/10      4      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * McBride got the call again, making it two starts in a row and his second 90-minute performance
    * He made the most of it, challenging City 'keeper David James for a cross in the box and slipping the loose ball to Luis Boa Morte that he converted for the equalizer
    * With road points never easy to come by, Fulham hold a respectable 2-14-13 lifetime record at Chelsea dating back to 1910

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 10-12-11 (41 points)
Last match:  [April 16] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Fulham
Next Match: [April 20] v. Birmingham City; [April 23] @ Blackburn
League Position: 11 (11)

STATBOX
League                       League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls  C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
12/11     2      0/0           0/0       -        -           12/11    2      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Reyna pounced on a rebound in the box at the 20-minute mark to tally his second goal in the last four matches
    * Man-City have taken five points from four games since interim manager Stuart Pearce took the reigns
    * They welcome Birmingam City midweek looking to avenge the 1-0 loss in August, then travel to Blackburn, the site of Reyna's injury that would sideline him from November to February

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 9-12-8 (35 points)
Last match:  [April 15] DNP in 3-3 draw @ Rot-Weis Erfurt
Next Match: [April 24] v. MSV Duisburg
League Position: 11 (10)

STATBOX
League                      DFB Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls  C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E    GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
21/21     1      5/1          1/1       0      0/0       22/22    1       5/1        

QUICK HITS

    * Berhalter served out his one-match ban, the Cottbus captain watching as his side were handed a late draw and a crucial point in the relegation dogfight
    * An own goal off the head of John van Buskirk moved Cottbus to 35 points, three above the drop zone with five matches remaining
    * The task doesn't get easier this weekend as league leaders MSV Duisberg head to the Stadion der Freundschaft, having collected a 2-0 victory in the team's first meeting on Nov. 14 in Duisburg


Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 8-14-7 (31 points)
Last match:  [April 16] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [April 23] v. Hannover
League Position: 14 (14)

STATBOX
League                      DFB Cup                   TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls   C/E     GP:GS  Gls    C/E     GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 25/14    1      4/0          2/2       2      0/0        27/16    3      4/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Casey got the nod after three appearances from the reserves bench, narrowly missing out on getting the equalizer as a kick save by fellow U.S. international Kasey Keller denied him the prize
    * But his teammate Michael Thurk did the business two minutes into stoppage time, giving Mainz only their fifth road point of the campaign while balancing them a precarious two points above the drop zone
    * With only two wins in 12 matches since the winter break, Casey runs up against another member of the U.S. rearguard as they host Steve Cherundolo and a Hannover team that felled them 2-0 in their first meeting

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 11-13-5 (38 points)
Last match:  [April 16] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Bayern Munich
Next Match: [April 23 @ Mainz
League Position: 11 (11)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E        GP:GS  Gls    C/E    GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 26/26     2      3/0            3/3       1    v  2/1      29/29     3      5/1        

QUICK HITS

    * Cherundolo and company feel snakebit as a 90th-minute strike from Owen Hargreaves just before the final whistle handed Hannover their fifth 1-0 shutout loss in the last seven games
    * Despite the losing trend, Hannover still hold their Bundesliga destiny in their own hands as they sit nine points clear of relegation
    * Hannover have been remarkably stingy on the road, their 14 goals against the fewest in the Bundesliga

Kasey Keller
Borussia Moenchengladbach, German Bundesliga
Record: 7-13-9 (30 points)
Last match:  [April 16] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Mainz
Next Match: [April 24] @ Nurnberg
League Position: 15 (15)

STATBOX

Moenchengladbach
League                                        TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO              GP:GS   GAA    SO  
12/12     1.33      3                12/12     1.33      3

Spurs (8/14/04-1/15/05)
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

Southampton (loan 11/12/04-12/12/04)
League                               TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA    SO  
  4/4        2.00      0                4/4       2.00      0

QUICK HITS

    * Keller has been 'Gladbach's man between the posts, starting every game since moving to Germany on Jan. 22
    * With only two points from five matches, Manager Dick Advocaat has chosen to step down and leave the relegation battle in the hands of Horst Koeppel, formerly the coach of the amateur team
    * With only one point separating them from doomsday and an anemic 0-9-5 road record, 'Gladbach will be searching for any result when the travel to face the Nurnberg side only one 'W' ahead of them in the league table

HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 24-1-4 (76 points)
Last match:  [April 13] played final 34 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Lyon [PSV advanced on penalties, 4-2], UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal Round, Second Leg; [April 17] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win @ Willem II
Next Match: [April 20] @ Feyenoord, Dutch Cup Semifinal; [April 24] v. Vitesse
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                        Champions League    League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E      GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E 
 26/14     6      0/0          12/5      4      1/0            2/2       1      0/0           40/20    11    1/0

QUICK HITS

    * Beasley reached a personal milestone midweek by joining Jovan Kirovski (Borussia Dortmund, 1996-97) as the only Americans to reach the semifinals of the Champions League.
    * PSV advanced to face AC Milan after a 1-1 draw in regulation against Lyon sent the series into extra time and penalty kicks, where PSV triumphed 4-2 despite a missed Beasley penalty in the tiebreaker
    * They increased their unbeaten run in 2005 to 18 games with a 1-0 shutout win against Willem II, moving to within four points of claiming the Dutch league title
    * PSV have gone an astonishing seven straight league games without surrendering a goal, netting 18 in the process
    * They can move closer to a second piece of silverware if they get past Feyenoord in the Dutch Cup semifinal midweek, then move closer to party time as they host seventh-place Vitesse

Cory Gibbs
Feyenoord, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 17-7-5 (56 points)
Last match:  [April 13] played 90 minutes in 1-4 loss @ Den Bosch; [April 16] played 90 minutes in 2-3 loss v. Ajax
Next Match: @ Feyenoord, Dutch Cup Semifinal; [April 24] @ FC Groningen
League Position: 4 (4)

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

QUICK HITS

    * Gibbs has started every game in all competitions since moving to the Eredivisie in January, playing 16 total
    * Feyenoord's nine-match winning streak came skidding to a halt as an atrocious loss to cellar dwellers Den Bosch and a home defeat to Ajax did major damage to their Champions League dreams
    * The loss to Ajax was particularly cruel, as the hosts held a 2-1 lead with only four minutes left on the clock
    * Feyenoord have to shake off the blues quickly as they face the daunting task of upending seemingly impenetrable PSV in the Dutch Cup semis, then refocus on their European hopes with a weekend matchup away to mid-table FC Groningen

BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 18-5-6 (60 points)
Last match:  [April 17] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win v. Mons
Next Match:  [April 22] @ Anderlecht
League Position: 3 (4)

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 
24/23     3      8/0          6/6       1      1/0          1/1       0       0/0         31/30    4      9/0

QUICK HITS

    * Onyewu has been an anchor in Standard's central defense, helping preside over an 12-match unbeaten run since the winter break
    * Gooch has proved to be a Mons killer, scoring his third goal against them this year while having a hand in the other as Standard recorded their 14th shutout
    * The win puts Standard within five points of second-place Anderlecht and a Champions League qualification berth, making this weekend's trip by far the most important of the campaign

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