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Update on U.S. Men with Clubs in Europe


ENGLAND

*The English Premier League and the First Division have completed regular season play.  Following are the final statistics for the 2002/03 season:

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Last Match: [May 11] played 90 minutes in 4-0 win @ Tottenham
Final league position: 6 (last week: 7), 60 points
Final record: 16-10-12 (GF: 52, GA: 43)
2002 finishing position: 10 (46 points)

STATBOX: GP/GS - W-L-D - GAA
League: 37/37 - 16-9-12 - 1.05
League Cup: 3/3 - 1-1-1 - 1.33
F.A. Cup: 3/3 - 1-1-1 - 2.00
UEFA Cup: 4/4 - 0-2-2 - 1.75
TOTALS: 47/47 - 18-13-16 - 1.19

QUICK HITS

  • Blackburn exploded for four goals on the final matchday, beating Spurs 4-0 and grabbing their first victory at White Hart Lane in four outings.
  • Friedel's 16th shutout of the campaign helped Rovers surpass Everton for sixth place in the table, giving them their highest finish since the 1997-98 season and qualifying for the UEFA Cup through league play for the first time since 1995.
  • Friedel, the first American to be named England's Goalkeeper of the Year, compiled a 16-9-12 record in league play with a 1.05 goals against average.


Kasey Keller

Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Last match:  [May 11] played 90 minutes in 0-4 loss v. Blackburn
Final league position: 10 (9), 50 points
Final record: 14-16-8 (GF:51, GA:62)
2002 finishing position: 9 (50 pts)

STATBOX: GP/GS - W-L-D - GAA
League: 38/38 - 14-16-8 - 1.63
League Cup: 2/2 - 1-1-0 - 1.00
F.A. Cup: 1/1 - 0-1-0 - 4.00
TOTALS: 41/41 - 15-18-8 - 1.66

QUICK HITS

  • Spurs suffered their worst shutout defeat in league play this season, falling 4-0 to Blackburn on the final matchday.
  • Tottenham end the campaign in miserable form, suffering three straight defeats, two by shutout, while giving up 11 goals.
  • Keller played every minute of every EPL match for Spurs, his most consistent playing time since returning to England.
  • Spurs travel to Washington, D.C., this week for an exhibition with D.C. United this Wednesday.


Jovan Kirovski
Birmingham City, English Premier League
Last match:  [May 11] DNP in 2-2 draw v. West Ham United
Final league position: 13 (13), 48 points
Final record: 13-16-9 (GF: 41, GA: 49)
2002 finishing position: Promoted from first division

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 17/5 - 2 - 1/0
League Cup: 2/1 - 0 - 0/0
F.A. Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 0/0
TOTALS: 20/7 - 2 - 1/0

QUICK HITS

  • Kirovski did not dress for the final match of the season at St. Andrew's Stadium.
  • Kirovski has seven goals for the Birmingham reserves, which still has a few weeks of play remaining.
  • The draw with West Ham ended a three-match win run for the visitors in Birmingham, and spoiled their hopes of avoiding relegation.
  • Birmingham collected 13 points in their final six matches to secure a place in England's top flight for a second straight season.


Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Last match: [May 4] started and played 62 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Norwich City
Final league position: 12 (11), 61 points
Final record: 16-17-13 (GF:68, GA:70)
2002 finishing position: 8 (72 pts)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 35/33 - 5 - 6/0
League Cup: 4/3 - 1 - 0/0
F.A. Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 0/0
TOTALS: 40/37 - 6 - 6/0

QUICK HITS

  • Preston suffered their fifth loss in six road matches, falling to Norwich City  for the second time this season after a 2-1 loss earlier in the campaign.
  • PNE close out the season one game below .500.
  • Lewis had his most productive season of his three years in England, scoring five goals in 33 appearance in league play for Preston


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Bundesliga
Last match: [May 17] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. FC Nurnberg
Next Match: [May 24] @ Borussia Dortmund
League position: 18 (18)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 22/21 - 0 - 6/0
DFB Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 0/0
Europe: n/a
TOTALS: 23/22 - 0 - 6/0

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter has inked a new deal with Cottbus that will keep him in Germany through 2006.  "Gregg Berhalter is not only a perfect fit due to his sportive performances, but also because of his character," said Cottbus manager Eduard Geyer.
  • Cottbus welcomed Nurnberg to the relegation party with a 2-1 victory at the Stadion der Freundschaft, only their fourth win at home this season
  • Cottbus are unbeaten in four of their last five matches heading into the final weekend of Bundesliga action
  • They may still have a role to play as the Bundesliga drama reaches its climax, a victory against Dortmund could possibly force the visitors into a qualifying role for next year's UEFA Champions League


Steve Cherundolo

Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Last match: [May 17] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw v. Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [May 24] @ Arminia Bielefeld
League position: 13 (12)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 32/32 - 0 - 8/0
DFB Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 1/0
TOTALS: 33/33 - 0 - 9/0

QUICK HITS

  • Hannover ensured a second season in the German top flight with a 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach, leaving the visitors in need of a point from their final match against fifth place Werder Bremen to guarantee survival.
  • Hannover can also play spoiler in their final outing, as they travel to Arminia Bielefeld with the home side in a must-win situation to keep their mathematical chance of avoiding relegation alive.
  • The teams drew 0-0 in their first meeting in the final match before the winter break.


Corey Gibbs
FC St. Pauli, German Second Bundesliga
Last match: [May 18] played 90 minutes in 4-0 win v. MSV Duisburg
Next Match: [May 25] @ Alemannia Aachen
League position: 17 (17)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 16/15- 0 - 0/0
DFB Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 0/0
TOTALS: 17/16- 0 - 0/0

QUICK HITS

  • St. Pauli's biggest shutout win of the campaign turned out to be a hollow victory as the home side were officially condemned to relegation.
  • St. Pauli take their three-match unbeaten run into the final weekend away to seventh place Aachen, having dropped their first encounter 4-1 just before the winter break.

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Bundesliga
Last match: [May 17] DNP in 1-2 loss @ Energie Cottbus
Next Match: [May 24] v. Bayer Leverkusen
League position: 17 (17)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 15/15 - 2 - 1/0
DFB Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 0/0
Europe: n/a
TOTALS: 16/16 - 2 - 1/0

QUICK HITS

  • Sanneh will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2003 campaign after several attempts at rehabilitation on an inflamed SI joint in his lower back have failed.
  • Nurnberg suffered their fourth straight loss, thus resigned to the second division after only one season in Germany's top league.
  • Nurnberg can salvage some pride by dragging last year's second-place side Bayer Leverkusen into relegation with them, looking to repeat their 2-0 victory against the visitors in their first meeting Dec. 14 of last year.


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Last match: [May 18] DNP in 7-1 win v.De Graafschap
Next Match: [May 25] @ FC Twente
League position: 2 (2)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 12/12 - 0 - 0/0
Dutch Cup: 2/2 - 0 - 0/0
Champions League: 5/5 - 0 - 0/0
TOTALS: 19/19 - 0 - 0/0

QUICK HITS

  • O'Brien sat the reserves bench for the 7-1 drubbing of De Graafschap, the Amsterdam club's largest goal output of the Dutch season.
  • Ajax are closing on PSV, now just three points behind as the league leaders fell 3-1 to Feyenoord on the weekend.
  • Ajax have won their last four matches by a combined score of 18-4, and next travel to 11th place Twente Enschede with only two matches remaining and the championship race coming down to the wire.


FRANCE

*The French Leagues resume play this weekend after breaking for the French Ligue Cup final, won by Monaco 4-1 against Sochaux at the Stade de France.

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Last match:  [May 3] DNP in 2-2 draw @ FC Sedan
Next Match: [May 25]  v. Sochaux
League position: 12 (12)

STATBOX: GP/GS - Goals - Y/R
League: 5/2 - 0 - 0/0
French Cup: 1/1 - 0 - 0/0
League Cup: 1/0 - 0 - 0/0
TOTALS: 7/3 - 0 - 0/0

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney sat the reserves bench for the third consecutive match as Bastia's' winless run reached nine matches.
  • Bastia have just two wins on the road this season, third fewest in Le Championnat.
  • Bastia look to reverse the 2-0 defeat to fifth-place Sochaux from earlier this season, while searching for their first win at the Armand-Cesari-Furiani Stadium since Feb. 5 against PSG.

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