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MNT European Update [April 6, 2004]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-12-8 (41 points)
Last match:  [April 3] played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw v. Birmingham City
Next Match: [April 10] @ Leicester; [April 12] v. Blackburn
League Position: 10 (last week: 10)

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          
  8/8       0      0/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -         11/11     0      1/1        

QUICK HITS

    * Bocanegra has reprised his starting role at left back, earning Man of the Match honors in a decidedly physical affair as Fulham earned its second-consecutive clean sheet
    * Their second draw of the campaign against sixth-place Birmingham still leaves the door open for a place in European competition, the Cottagers five points outside of qualifying with seven matches remaining
    * Fulham are unbeaten in the last four meetings against Leicester, having walked off with a 2-0 win in this season's first encounter on Oct. 4, 2003
    * They could maximize points from the Easter weekend with a win against struggling Blackburn

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 8-16-7 (31 points)
Last match:  [April 3] played 90 minutes in 4-0 loss @ Liverpool
Next Match: [April 10] v. Leeds; [April 12] @ Fulham
League Position: 16 (16)

STATBOX
League                                UEFA Cup                  F.A .Cup                                League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO
  31/31    1.68     5                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   35/35    1.83     5

QUICK HITS

    * A helpless Brad Friedel saw 24 shots come his away, with four finding the back of the net as Rovers suffered their worst league loss of the campaign
    * While Liverpool crept back into the Champions League mix, Rovers are standing precariously on the relegation line just one point ahead of Portsmouth
    * Blackburn face a potential six-point swing against a hungry Leeds United side at Ewood Park on Saturday, the visitors having climbed out of the EPL cellar and sitting six points behind Rovers
    * They close out the holiday seeking to avenge a 2-0 loss to Fulham in their first meeting on Sept. 28, 2003, having surrendered one goal on either side of halftime in their first shutout loss of the campaign

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 19-6-5 (62 points)
Last match:  [April 4] DNP in 1-0 win @ Arsenal, FA Cup, semifinal
Next Match: [April 10] @ Birmingham City; [April 12] v. Leicester City
League Position: 3 (3)

STATBOX
League                                Champions League        F.A .Cup                                League Cup                            TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO               GP:GS   GAA   SO                GP:GS   GAA   SO
 27/27    1.04    10                7/7       0.71     4          3/3       1.33      0                   0/0          -         -                  37/37    1.00    14

QUICK HITS

    * Howard looked on as Manchester United took a giant step closer to salvaging silverware for the season, defeating nemesis Arsenal at Highbury to advance to the FA Cup final against Kasey Keller's former club, first division side Millwall
    * United turn their attention back to the league wars, where they face an uphill climb in catching second-place Chelsea to avoid having to qualify into next season's Champions League
    * They head to upstart Birmingham on the weekend, having strung together three consecutive shutout victories against the Blues, then head back up the M-6 for a Monday meeting with relegation threatened Leicester City

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-16-4 (37 points)
Last match:  [April 3] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Chelsea
Next Match: [April 10] @ Everton; [April 12] v. Manchester City
League Position: 12 (11)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
  31/31   1.55      6              3/3       1.67      1           4/4       0.50     2         38/38    1.45     9

QUICK HITS

    * Tottenham's hot and cold season has fallen decidely frosty, the 1-0 loss to Chelsea marking their third consecutive scoreless defeat
    * Keller's record of longevity remains unbroken, the U.S. international not missing a minute of action in all 38 of Spurs matches this season
    * Having slipped to 12th in table, the grey skies may be clearing up as Spurs carry an 11-match unbeaten run (6-0-5) against Everton into Goodison Park this Saturday
    * Keller meets up with longtime U.S. teammate Claudio Reyna as the sides look to settle terms after a 0-0 draw the first time out

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 15-15-10 (55 points)
Last match:  [April 3] DNP in 1-0 v. Bradford City
Next Match: [Aprl 10] @ Wimbledon; [April 12] v. Nottingham Forrest
League Position: 12 (13)

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          
 30/25    5      5/0             2/2       0      0/0         0/0       0      0/0       32/27     5      5/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Lewis' rehab enters its fourth week as he continues to recover from successful surgery to repair a sports hernia
    * The 1-0 win against Bradford City snapped a six-match winless run, but may be too little, too late as the Lilywhites are still ten points off the pace
    * Easter weekend often serves as a final push, and PNE are hoping to duplicate the matching 1-0 victories against Wimbledon and Notts Forrest from the corresponding fixtures earlier in the campaign

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-12-8 (41 points)
Last match:  [April 3] played final 24 minutes in 0-0 draw v. Birmingham City
Next Match: [April 10] @ Leicester; [April 12] v. Blackburn
League Position: 10 (10)

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          
  9/5       1      0/0             3/3       1     0/0            -        -        -          12/8      2      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * McBride continued his role as reserve, serving as an active target yet unable to break the deadlock as Fulham let two points slip through their fingers
    * Having squared off against the other two U.S. international goalkeepers during his stints in England - netting goals against Keller in both a Fulham and Everton uniform - McBride may get his first crack at Rovers 'keeper Brad Friedel on Monday

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 7-13-11 (32 points)
Last match:  [April 4] started and played 73 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Aston Villa
Next Match: [April 10] v. Wolverhampton; [April 12] @ Spurs
League Position: 15 (15)

STATBOX
League                          UEFA Cup                  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           GP:GS  Gls    C/E
 19/17    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            27/23    1      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Reyna kept his midfield place as Manchester City took a needed but unsatisfying point from Aston Villa on the strength of an 82nd minute equalizer from Sylvain Distin
    * The draw leaves the Light Blues four points clear of the bottom three heading into what could be a decisive Easter weekend
    * They can put one of the final nails in the coffin for last-place Wolverhampton on Saturday, then hope to break the deadlock in their fifth meeting of the season against Spurs, the record now standing at 2-0-2

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 13-6-8 (47 points)
Last match:  [April 5] played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw v. FSV Mainz
Next Match: [April 8] v. Arminia Bielefeld
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 25/25    3      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        26/26     3     6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Extending their unbeaten run to six matches, Cottbus improve to 9-2-2 at the Stadion der Freundschaft and maintain a narrow one-point lead over FC Nurnberg
    * More importantly, they are four points clear at the top of the promotion zone in a crowded race towards the German top flight
    * Looking to put distance between themselves and their third place guests, Cottbus are hoping to match their output from the previous encounter which saw them post a convincing 3-1 away win at Arminia Bielefeld

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 9-11-7 (34 points)
Last match:  [April 3] DNP in 1-2 loss @ Greuther Furth
Next Match: [April 11] v. MSV Duisberg
League Position: 13 (10)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
23/23     10    6/0            2/1        0      0/0       25/24    10    6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Casey sat through suspension as Karlsruher dropped their third straight, falling to 13th in the crowded league table and hovering just two points above the relegation zone
    * Their promotion hopes all but extinguished, Karlsruher are now looking to survive the drop,starting that effort against MSV Duisberg, whose four-point lead is still good for six higher places in the table
    * Casey posted his third goal of the season in the teams' first outing, netting the insurance goal in Karlsruher's 2-0 win after they had grabbed the lead just three minutes earlier


Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 7-12-8 (29 points)
Last match:  [April 3] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win @ 1860 Munich
Next Match: [April 11] v. FC Koln
League Position: 13 (16)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 24/23    0      7/0            2/2       0      1/0        26/25     0      8/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Cherundolo was steady at the back as Hannover snatched a vital road victory against 1860 Munich, moving back out of the danger zone in the continuous shuffle at the bottom of the Bundesliga table
    * With only seven matches remaining, Hannover simply must take advantage of the home match against cellar-dwellers FC Koln, one of two teams in Germany's top flight without a road victory in 2003-04

Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 7-12-8 (29 points)
Last match:  [April 3] started and played 63 minutes in 1-0 win @ 1860 Munich
Next Match: [April 11] v. FC Koln
League Position: 13 (16)


STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 10/10    4      2/0             -/-        -       -          10/10     4      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Mathis failed to go the distance for the first time in seven matches, albeit with a happy ending in the shutout victory in Munich
    * Having started all 10 matches since joining Hannover during the winter break, Mathis will look to add to his scoring account against the side his club defeated 2-1 in their matchup last November

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 13-7-7 (46 points)
Last match: [April 2] DNP in 1-2 loss @ Jahn Regensburg
Next Match: [April 12] v. Eintracht Trier
League Position: 2 (2)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
     -         -       -                -        -         -

QUICK HITS

    * Sanneh is still looking to crack the lineup with Nurnberg after recovering from his back ailment, having twice gotten time with the U.S. national team against Haiti and Poland
    * Despite the loss, Nurnberg have kept pace with league leaders and sit only one point off the top spot
    * Nurnberg boast a formidable 10-1-3 record at the Frankenstadion, including nine shutout wins, as they welcome mid-table Eintracht Trier

HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 22-4-2 (68 points)
Last match:  [April 4] DNP in 2-1 win v. FC Groningen
Next Match: [April 11] @ Feyenoord
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          Champions League        TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
   4/4      0      0/0              -         -       -               4/4      0      0/0

QUICK HITS

    * O'Brien's injury plague seems endless, the latest installment a hamstring injury which has kept him idle since Feb. 13
    * While Ajax failed to impress in the 2-1 win against Groningen, they nonetheless advanced to an umblemished 15-0-0 record at the Amsterdam ArenA and a 12-point cushion with only six matches remaining
    * No matter what the table says, a trip to Feyenoord is always a cracker, and the third-place club is still gunning for a place in the Champions League qualifying competition

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 9-12-10 (37 points)
Last match:  [April 3] DNP in 2-1 win v. Nice
Next Match: [April 10] @ Nantes
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
17/16     0      1/0           17/16      0     1/0         

QUICK HITS

    * Vanney sat the reserves bench for the first time in three matches as Bastia held their own at home to end a three-match winless run
    * Uncertainty will reign for the moment as Bastia manager Gerard Gili was unceremoniously dumped after comments critical of club management
    * Firmly entrenched in the middle of the French first division pack, Bastia seek only their second road win of the campaign against a Nantes side that delivered a crushing 4-1 defeat in their first encounter this season

DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 8-13-3 (27 points)
Last match:  [April 4] played final 45 minutes in 0-2 loss v. FC Copenhagen
Next Match: [April 12] @ AaB
League Position: 9 (7)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
15/12      0      2/0         15/12     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Barrett was solid as a second-half sub but the attack failed to produce as the Aarhus winless run reached four matches
    * The side hasn't taken full points since before the winter break, going 0-3-1 since resuming action March 14
    * One of those losses came against this weekend's host AaB, who blanked AGF 1-0 in the spring opener


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