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MNT European Update: April 12, 2005


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 9-16-6 (33 points)
Last match: [April 9] DNP in 1-3 loss @ Bolton
Next Match: [April 16] v. Manchester City
League Position: 16 (last week's position: 15)

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 was left out of the starting lineup for the second straight match, forced to watch as Fulham fell for the third time in the last five matches
  • Forced to play a man down for 77 minutes after Claus Jensen was dismissed for a deliberate handball, the loss kept the Cottagers hovering perilously close to the relegation zone, now only five points clear with seven matches remaining
  • An even .500 at Craven Cottage, Fulham host Manchester City in a rematch of the 1-1 opening day draw on Aug. 14 in Manchester

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 18-11-13 (67 points)
Last match:  [April 9] DNP in 2-1 win @ Sunderland
Next Match: [April 16] v. Nottingham Forrest
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 has been in civilian clothes for the last six matches, missing two of those games while on duty with the U.S. national team
  • Reading pulled off a massive victory away to league leaders Sunderland, ending the Black Cats eight-match winning streak and pulling level on points with Derby in the league table
  • The Royals look to gain ground this weekend when they host next-to-last Nottingham Forrest, having surrendered a league-fewest 13 goals at home

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 19-3-10 (67 points)
Last match: [April 9] played 90 minutes in 2-0 loss @ Norwich
Next Match: [April 17] v. Newcastle, FA Cup, Semifinal
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          3/3       0.00      3            5/5      0.40      4                   22/22    0.75     12

QUICK HITS

  • Howard has four shutouts from seven matches in all competitions since returning to his starting role, but he couldn't help stem the tide against Norwich
  • The 2-0 blanking from the EPL cellar dwellers effectively ends Man-U's league title run, with an automatic berth in the Champions League now the only prize remaining from league play
  • But there's still silverware to be collected this year as the Red Devils chase their 12th FA Cup title this weekend with a semifinal clash against Newcastle set for the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.  Despite 140 lifetime meetings between the clubs, they have only met three times in the FA Cup, with Man-U collecting wins in all three

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 20-11-11 (71 points)
Last match:  [April 9] started and played 66 minutes in 2-1 win @ Rotherham
Next Match: [April 16] v. Cardiff
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 
39/36      4        7/0              1/1        0        0/0         1/1        0       1/0       41/38      4       8/0

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis remains a staple in the Preston attack as the LilyWhites march toward a playoff spot with dreams of promotion a very real possibility
  • Preston have been the class of the league since Dec. 18, going 12-2-5 while vaulting from 15th to fourth place in the League Championship
  • Lewis went 66 minutes and was the catalyst on the game-winning goal by Youl Mawene in the 61st
  • PNE look to preserve and an eight-match unbeaten run against the visitors, welcoming Cardiff to Deepdale


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 9-16-6 (33 points)
Last match: [April 9] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss @ Bolton
Next Match: [April 16] v. Manchester City
League Position: 16 (15)

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        28/9      4      0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Fresh off his first goal of the campaign - the gamewinner against Portsmouth on April 2 - McBride made his first start of the new year
  • Fulham have not taken full points from Manchester City since Aug. 14, 1998, a string of eight matches

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 10-12-10 (40 points)
Last match:  [April 9] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win v. Liverpool
Next Match: [April 16] @ Fulham
League Position: 11 (12)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna has gone the distance in the last four matches since returning from a six-month injury layoff
  • The shutout win against fifth place Liverpool put an end to a eight-match winless spell and represented their first victory against the Reds since 1994
  • Seemingly ensconced midtable, the Citizens look for their first back-to-back league wins since November

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 9-12-7 (34 points)
Last match:  [April 8] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. Eintracht Trier
Next Match: [April 15] @ Rot-Weis Erfurt
League Position: 10 (11)

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

  • After missing last week's contest due to a bout with the flu, Berhalter's absence next week will be enforced as he picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign in the 2-1 win, eliciting a one-match ban
  • The victory added much needed points to the total for Energie, who sit near the top end of a relegation fight that sees only eight points separating teams 9-18
  • Cottbus head out to face a hungry RW Erfurt side that sit second from bottom in the league, having spanked the hosts 3-0 in their first meeting Nov. 7 in Cottbus

Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 8-14-6 (30 points)
Last match:  [April 9] played final 16 minutes in 0-2 loss v. VfL Wolfsburg
Next Match: [April 16] @ Borussia Moechengladbach
League Position: 14 (13)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                   TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 24/13    1      4/0            2/2       2      0/0         26/15    3      4/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Casey fought off a hip pointer and made his third straight appearance from the reserve's bench as Mainz dropped their second straight 2-0 defeat
  • There's no margin for error for Mainz as only four points separate them from the drop zone
  • Holding a pathetic 1-10-3 away record, Mainz travel to face the team one below them in the league table

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 11-12-5 (38 points)
Last match:  [April 9] started and played 76 minutes in 0-1 loss @ VfL Bochum
Next Match: [April 16] v. Bayern Munich
League Position: 11 (10)

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      2/1        29/29     3     5/1        

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo caught a bad break as his attempted clearance found its way into the back of Hannover's net, gifting Bochum a 1-0 victory
  • After rebounding with two straight wins, the loss gives Hannover four 1-0 defeats in their last six matches
  • They've got no time to hang their heads as they host a hungry Bayern Munich side that sits a precarious three points atop the league summit and has just crashed out of the Champions League

Kasey Keller
Borussia Moenchengladbach, German Bundesliga
Record: 7-13-8 (29 points)
Last match:  [April 9] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Bayern Munich
Next Match: [April 16] v. Mainz
League Position: 15 (15)

STATBOX

Moenchengladbach
League                                        TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO              GP:GS   GAA    SO  
11/11     1.36      3                11/11     1.36      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
  • They've played the last four matches with only point to show for it, putting their team in relegation peril
  • While no shame in losing to the league's top team in Bayern Munich, 'Gladbach nonetheless remain the only team in the Bundesliga without an away win
  • Keller and Co. will try their luck at home against a Mainz team that has an equally dreadful road record

HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 23-1-4 (73 points)
Last match:  [April 9] started and played 65 minutes in 3-0 win v. FC Den Bosch
Next Match: [April 13] v. Lyon, UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal Round, Second Leg; [April 17] @ Willem II
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 
 25/13    6      0/0          11/5       4      1/0         2/2       1      0/0           38/19    11    1/0

QUICK HITS

  • Beasley has been dazzling for PSV since the winter break, appearing in every match while scoring four goals
  • His efforts have mirrored the efforts of the Dutch league leaders, who remain undefeated in through 16 games in 2005
  • PSV have gone an astonishing six straight league games without surrendering a goal, netting 17 in the process
  • Beasley has the chance to join Jovan Kirovski (Borussia Dortmund, 1996-97) as the only Americans to participate in the semifinals of the Champions League.  PSV take a 1-1 draw into their home leg against Lyon tomorrow, a victory or a 0-0 draw ensuring their advancement
  • With 13 points separating PSV from AZ  at the top of the table, they can close in on the Dutch league title with a win against midtable Willem II

Cory Gibbs
Feyenoord, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 17-5-5 (56 points)
Last match:  [April 10] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win v. NAC Breda
Next Match: [April 13] @ Den Bosch; [April 16] v. Ajax
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 
10/10     1      1/0            2/2       0      0/0         2/2       0      0/0           14/14    1       1/0

QUICK HITS

  • Gibbs has started every game in all competitions since moving to the Eredivisie in January, playing 14 total
  • He has helped marshal Feyenoord to a nine-match winning streak that includes six shutouts, vaulting the Rotterdam side to fourth place
  • Now just three points behind Ajax with a game in hand, Feyenoord do double duty this week with a Wednesday visit to last place Den Bosch before a crucial home bout with the Amsterdam outfit

BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 17-5-6 (47 points)
Last match:  [April 10] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ FC Bruges
Next Match:  [April 17] v. Mons
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 
23/22     2      8/0            6/6       1      1/0          1/1      0       0/0         30/29    3      9/0

QUICK HITS

  • Gooch has been an anchor in Standard's central defense, helping preside over an 11-match unbeaten run since the winter break
  • Standard's march has seen them climb into third place in the table, good for a place in UEFA Cup if they can hold up the rest of the way
  • They took a nice step forward by taking a point from league leaders FC Bruges at home, and face the tempting prospect of 17th-place Mons at home this weekend.  Gooch potted a pair in the 3-2 away victory against Mons on Nov. 6, his first and only goals of the league campaign

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