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MNT European Update [Oct. 25, 2004]


 From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center -- October 25, 2004

ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 2-6-2 (8 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Aston Villa
Next Match: [Oct. 27] @ Birmingham City, League Cup, Second Round; [Oct. 30] v. Tottenham
League Position: 17 (last week's position: 16)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  8/7       1      1/0            0/0       0      0/0          8/7      1      1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra went the distance as Fulham's losing streak reached three games, the Cottagers still winless on the road this season
  • Their fourth shutout loss of the campaign leaves Fulham in 17th place and already thinking of a relegation battle just 10 games in
  • Fulham turn their attention to cup competition for their first-ever league cup matchup against Birmingham midweek, then host a Tottenham side boasting the fourth-best road record in the EPL

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 8-3-2 (26 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] played final 20 minutes in 4-0 win v. Crewe
Next Match: [Oct. 30] @ Coventry City
League Position: 2 (2)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 11/2      0      0/0             2/1      0     0/0         13/3       0      0/0

QUICK HITS

  • Convey remains a constant choice for second-half appearances, this time entering in the 70th minute with terms well settled as Reading had secured a 4-0 advantage while snapping a five-match winless spell against Crewe
  • The Royals extended their league unbeaten run to eight matches, now sitting three points behind league leaders Wigan while challengers Ipswich and West Ham sit an equal distance behind them
  • Reading look to duplicate last year's effort at Highfield Road where they captured a 2-1 victory against Coventry City, a struggling side who have failed to take full points from their last nine league matches

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-5-3 (6 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-4 loss @ Chelsea
Next Match: [Oct. 30] v. Liverpool
League Position: 20 (18)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO
 10/9      2.20     1                 0/0         -        -         10/10     2.20      1

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel and Co. suffered a disheartening second-straight 4-0 defeat, again the victims of an on-form striker as Eidur Gudjohnsen netted the second hat trick in as many games recorded against Rovers
  • Blackburn remain without a win away from Ewood Park and have just win one victory in 10 league matches
  • Now sunk to the EPL cellar, Rovers face a difficult climb against a Liverpool side that took the spoils from all three of the sides' meetings last year


Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-1-5 (17 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 19] DNP in 0-0 draw @ Sparta Prague, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group D; [Oct. 23] DNP in 2-0 win v. Arsenal
Next Match: [Oct. 26] v. Crewe, League Cup, Third Round, [Oct. 30] @ Portsmouth
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            -           -         -                    8/8      1.00      2

QUICK HITS

  • Howard was again in civilian clothes as United turned in a sparkless performance in the 0-0 draw with Sparta Prague.  Nonetheless, the away point gives the Red Devils second place at the halfway mark of group play
  • Tim returned to the reserves bench for Man-U's triumphant 2-0 victory against Arsenal, ending the Gunner's record-setting unbeaten run one short of the 50-game mark and signaling that the world's richest club still has a part to play in the league championship race
  • United continue their trophy hunt with a third round league cup match against Crewe, a side they haven't faced in any competition since 1895
  • Then they look to keep the momentum going against a Portsmouth side unbeaten in their last three, the hosts having triumphed in the corresponding fixture last year, a 1-0 win at Fratton Park


Kasey Keller 
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-3-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] DNP in 1-2 loss v. Bolton
Next Match: [Oct. 27] @ Bolton, League Cup, Third Round, [Oct. 30] @ Fulham
League Position: 10 (9)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO   
  0/0          -       -                  1/1       0.00     1          1/1       0.00       1

QUICK HITS

  • Spurs dropped their third straight decision to Bolton, sliding one spot to 10 in the league table
  • After an impressive start to the campaign in which they went unbeaten in six straight, Spurs have now surrendered three of their last four matches
  • After playing every minute of every game for two straight years, Kasey Keller has been reduced to a reserve role under new head coach Jacques Santini
  • Spurs and Bolton do it again Wednesday - this time under the banner of league cup play - before Tottenham engage in a London derby against struggling Fulham

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 6-6-3 (21 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 19] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. Queens Park Rangers; [Oct. 23] started and played 78 minutes in 3-2 win v. Nottingham Forest
Next Match: [Oct. 27] @ Everton, League Cup, Third Round, [Oct. 30] @ Ipswich
League Position: 8 (17)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   Gls      C/E           GP:GS   Gls      C/E      GP:GS   Gls      C/E   
 14/12     0        3/0              1/1        0        1/1       15/13      0        4/1

QUICK HITS

  • Eddie Lewis has proved an attacking force for Preston, his ability to run at defenders and deliver penetrating crosses having set up several goals in the still-young season
  • Preston picked up a pair of impressive home wins last week, holding back the league's best road team with a 2-1 win against QPR, then jumping out to a 3-0 lead and holding on against a courageous challenge from 10-man Nottingham Forest to finish with a 3-2 result
  • The double 'W's' vaulted the Lilywhites to eighth place in the league championship table
  • PNE go at it with Everton for the first time in League Cup play, having been bounced by this very opponent from 2003-04 edition of the FA Cup, then return to the league trenches away to third-place Ipswich, where they have failed to score in five consecutive matches dating back to 1965


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 2-6-2 (8 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] played final three minutes in 0-2 loss @ Aston Villa
Next Match: [Oct. 27] @ Birmingham City, League Cup, Second Round; [Oct. 30] v. Tottenham
League Position: 17 (16)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  9/3       0      0/0            1/1       1      0/0         10/4      1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • With Andy Cole returning from suspension, McBride reprised his role as reserve in the shutout loss to Aston Villa
  • McBride has appeared in all but one of Fulham's matches in all competitions this season
  • The U.S. international striker will look to repeat history, having netted the game-winning goal against Spurs in his debut appearance for Fulham on Jan. 31, 2004

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 3-5-2 (11 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] DNP in 3-4 loss @ Newcastle United
Next Match: [Oct. 27] @ Arsenal, League Cup, Second Round; [Oct. 30] @ Norwich City
League Position: 13 (11)

STATBOX

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

QUICK HITS

  • Reyna stayed on the injured list for the fifth straight game, watching a thriller as his Man-City side were on the losing end of a seven goal shootout at St. James Park
  • A Shaun-Wright Phillips double wasn't good enough as Craig Bellamy struck one minute from time to extend Newcastle's unbeaten run to nine matches while shoving City two places back in the league table
  • Having felled second-place Chelsea two weeks ago, the Blues look to once again climb the mountain against league leaders Arsenal in their second meeting in a month's time, then travel to neophytes Norwich in an effort to deny the hosts their first-ever victory in the top flight


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 2-3-4 (10 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ SpVgg Unterhaching
Next Match: [Oct. 27] @ v. Erzgebirge Aue; [Oct. 31] @ Eintracht Trier
League Position: 13 (10)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  5/5       0      2/2            1/1       0      0/0          6/6      0      2/2         

QUICK HITS

  • The Cottbus captain has six straight games under his belt after being sidelined for nearly four months, having suffered multiple broken bones in his face during the side's 2-0 loss to SpVgg Unterhaching on May 16
  • Berhalter nearly gave Cottbus the lead, his fifth-minute shot well saved to preserve the early deadlock
  • Cottbus have seen their early season form dwindle away, the winless run now at five matches after the 2-1 loss
  • On the plus side, four of those matches have been on the road, and they finally head home to the Stadion der Freundschaft to face eighth place Eintracht Trier


Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 4-2-3 (15 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] started and played 78 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Schalke 04
Next Match: [Oct. 27] v. Hansa Rostock; [Oct. 30] @ VfL Wolfsburg
League Position: 5 (3)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  8/3       0      1/0            2/2       2      0/0         10/5      2      1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey made his third start of the campaign as the Mainz unbeaten run was halted at seven games
  • Mainz put their unbeaten 3-0-1 home record to the test against Hansa Rostock, who have yet to lose on the road this season in posting a 2-0-2 away mark
  • Then it's off to the Volkswagen Arena and a clash with top of the table Wolfsburg

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 4-3-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] started and played 54 minutes in 2-0 win @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [Oct. 26] v. Kaiserslautern; [Oct. 30] v. VfL Bochum
League Position: 7 (8)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  9/9       1      0/0            1/1       1      0/0        10/10      2     0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo nodded home his first ever goal in the German Bundesliga as Hannover made it three in a row with the 2-0 shutout 
  • Cherundolo knocked heads with a player going up for a header and was taken out of the game in the 54th minute
  • Cherundolo, having been named vice-captain for the season, had played every minute of every game until getting injured on Saturday
  • With four clean sheets under their belt, Hannover play host twice this week to Bundesliga basement clubs, first to cellar dwellers Kaiserslautern and then next-to-last Bochum

Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 4-3-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 23] DNP in 2-0 win @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [Oct. 26] v. Kaiserslautern; [Oct. 30] v. VfL Bochum
League Position: 7 (8)

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 remained a bystander as Hannover picked up their fourth win in the last five matches
  • Hannover have only surrendered three goals at home in four matches, tied for second best in the Bundesliga


HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 7-0-1 (22 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] played final 34 minutes in 2-0 win v. Ajax
Next Match: [Oct. 29] @ FC Utrecht
League Position: 2 (2)

STATBOX

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

QUICK HITS

  • Beasley has earned consistent minutes for PSV as both a starter and a reserve, this time entering from the sub's bench in PSV's convincing 2-0 win against rivals Ajax
  • PSV are an unblemished 5-0-0 at the Philips Stadion, and are level on points (22) and goal difference (20) with Feyenoord at the top of the table
  • Still unbeaten in league play with a 7-0-1 mark, PSV head to fourth-place Utrecth, themselves holders of a perfect 4-0-0 home record



John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 4-2-3 (15 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] DNP in 0-2 loss @ PSV
Next Match: [Oct. 31] v. NEC Nijmegen
League Position: 6 (4)

STATBOX

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

QUICK HITS

  • The O'Brien watch continues, as speculation circled that he would make his league debut against PSV on the weekend.  The U.S. international did not dress, having last appeared in a league match Feb. 13 against this same PSV side 
  • Ajax are now winless in their last three matches, falling to sixth place and showing unusual signs of inconsistency for the normally stable Dutch giants
  • They return to the friendlier confines of the Amsterdam ArenA this weekend for a clash against mid-table NEC Nijmegen, who are riding a four-match unbeaten run that includes three draws


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 3-4-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 24] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Sochaux
Next Match: [Oct. 30] @ Metz
League Position: 15 (12)

STATBOX

League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
  9/8       0      1/0            9/8       0      1/0     

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney has started the last two matches, giving him eight starts in 11 games this year
  • Bastia have not taken full points from any of their last six matches, going 0-4-2 in that span
  • The Corsican club is still seeking its first road win of the campaign, and will try their luck at a Metz side who has not lost at the Saint-Symphorien


BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 5-3-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 21] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Steaua Bucharest, UEFA Cup, Group Stage, Group B; [Oct. 23] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Germinal Beerschot
Next Match: [Oct. 29] v. Club Brugges
League Position: 5 (4)

STATBOX
League                         UEFA Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  9/9       0      3/0              3/3       0      0/0         12/12    0     3/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Gooch has been chosen to the first XI in 12 of 13 matches in all competitions since joining Standard from Metz
  • After running off four straight shutout wins, Standard felt the sting of scoreless nights as they suffered a pair of shutout defeats
  • First they fell 2-0 away to Steaua Bucharest, an own goal doing all the damage necessary in their opening match of UEFA Cup group action
  • Standard will need to keep up their winning ways at the Stade Maurice Dufranse when they face Belgium's best Club Brugge, the home side on a three-match winning run and outscoring their opponents 5-0 during that stretch
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