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MNT European Update [Nov. 8, 2004]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-6-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 7] played 90 minutes in 4-1 win @ Newcastle United
Next Match: [Nov. 10] @ Nottingham Forest, League Cup, Fourth Round; [Nov. 10] v. Chelsea
League Position: 12 (last week's position: 15)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 10/9       1      1/0            1/1       0      0/0        11/10     1      1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra has played in every match for which he has been available, going 90 in nine of 10 league matches
  • Fulham rode the shoulders of backup 'keeper Mark Crossley to a 4-1 victory against Newcastle, the Welshman turning aside 18 shots as the Cottagers made it three wins in a row in all competitions
  • Fulham look to continue their romp through the League Cup against a Nottingham Forest side they have not lost to in the previous four meetings
  • Then it's on to the big dog as newly minted league leaders Chelsea make the crosstown trip to Craven Cottage

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 10-4-4 (34 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 2] started and played 63 minutes in 2-2 draw @ Plymouth; [Nov. 6] DNP in 1-0 win v. Stoke City
Next Match: [Nov. 13] v. Cardiff
League Position: 3 (3)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Convey nabbed his third start in league play as Reading snatched a late-game equalizer to split points with Plymouth in their first meeting with the hosts in league play in over ten years
  • With Convey waiting in the wings, the Royals posted shutout number five at Madjeski Stadium en route to a 1-0 win and a 7-0-2 record at home.  The victory leaves Reading in third place and within five points of the League Championship summit
  • Having surrendered a league-low five goals at home, Reading welcome a fairly sturdy road team in Cardiff City

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-6-5 (8 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Norwich City
Next Match: [Nov. 13] @ Manchester City
League Position: 20 (19)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO
 12/12    2.08     1                 0/0         -        -         12/12     2.08      1

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel and Co. pulled out a 1-1 draw after being reduced to ten men before the first half interval, an 86th minute goal by Paul Dickov salvaging a point on the road
  • Despite the superb effort, Rovers will be left to rue the missed opportunity of beating the winless Norwich, having now lapsed back into the league dungeon
  • Blackburn will look to add a spark to their miserable road performances (1-5-0) on the short ride to Manchester, running up against a City side still smiling from their draw away to rivals Manchester United

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-2-6 (18 points)
Last match: [Nov. 3] DNP in 4-1 win v. Sparta Prague, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group D; [Nov. 7] DNP in 0-0 draw v. Manchester City
Next Match: [Nov. 10] v. Crystal Palace, League Cup, Fourth Round; [Nov. 13] @ Newcastle United
League Position: 7 (7)

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          1/1       0.00      1                    9/9      1.00      3

QUICK HITS

  • Howard was back on the reserves' bench as United's results were a mixed bag
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy equaled a Champions League record with a four-goal output, keeping the Red Devils in second place in the group and leaving Sparta with only a third-place finish to shoot for
  • The 141st Manchester Derby ended as it began, the goal-less draw putting another damper on United's hopes of catching the league leaders
  • Howard will hope to get the nod in the League Cup once again, having marshaled United into the fourth round with their 3-0 win against Crewe on Oct. 26.  They've owned Tino Palace over the last two years, nary a single defeat to blemish their record in ten meetings


Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-5-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] DNP in 2-3 loss v. Charlton
Next Match: [Nov. 9] @ Burnley, League Cup, Fourth Round; [Nov. 13] v. Arsenal
League Position: 14 (11)

STATBOX
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

QUICK HITS

  • Tottenham endured the shocking resignation of first-year manager Jacques Santini just 24 hours before Saturday's kickoff, with the reigns handed to assistant and Dutch national Marton Jol
  • Jol presided as Spurs record of futility against Charlton at White Hart Lane reached six games and they dropped their fourth straight in EPL play
  • London derby number three looks no more appetizing for Spurs as high-flying Arsenal head across town, although Tottenham have fared well against the Gunners at home, going unbeaten in their last five visits

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 6-8-4 (22 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 3] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Coventry; [Nov. 6] played 90 minutes in 2-4 loss v. Leeds United
Next Match: [Nov. 13] v. Millwall
League Position: 13 (12)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   Gls      C/E           GP:GS   Gls      C/E      GP:GS   Gls      C/E  
 17/15     1        4/0              1/1        0        1/1       18/16      1        5/1

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis volleyed home a cracker from 20 yards to pick up his first goal of the year and give Preston their third away point of the campaign
  • PNE's fortunes reversed on the weekend, conceding their second home loss of the season as they fell 4-2 and allowed Leeds to close within one point
  • Eddie scored goal number four of his Preston career against this week's visitors, Millwall, entering the weekend having taken points from four of their last five matches


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-6-2 (14 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 7] DNP in 4-1 win @ Newcastle United
Next Match: [Nov. 10] @ Nottingham Forest, League Cup, Fourth Round; [Nov. 10] v. Chelsea
League Position: 12 (15)

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            2/1       1      0/0         11/4      1      0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • McBride missed out for the third time this season as Fulham exploded for four goals, including three in a span of 11 minutes, to mark their largest output of the campaign
  • Fulham are searching for three points against Chelsea for the first time in 15 matches dating back to 1977, as the Blues enter tied for the best road performance in the EPL this year.

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 3-5-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 7] DNP in 0-0 draw @ Manchester United
Next Match: [Nov. 13] v. Blackburn
League Position: 13 (12)

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's excused absence reached eight games as Manchester City were happy to split the difference with archenemy United in their second scoreless affair of the campaign
  • The Blues effort to break a three-match winless spell has an ideal suitor in last-place Blackburn, who have proven hapless away from Ewood Park and are winless in their last six

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 4-4-4 (16 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 7]  played 90 minutes in 3-0 win v. RW Erfurt
Next Match: [Nov. 14] @ MSV Duisburg
League Position: 9 (12)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
  8/8       0      3/0            1/1       0      0/0          9/9      0      3/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter marshalled the Cottbus defense to their sixth clean sheet, subduing an Erfurt side who failed to light the lamp in their last five road matches
  • The victory elevated Cottbus to .500 after 12 games, eight points of the pace for promotion
  • Hopes of picking up their first road 'W' face a serious hurdle in second-place Duisburg, as the hosts hold a 100% record at the MSV Arena


Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 5-3-4 (19 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [Nov. 13] @ Hannover 96
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 11/5      1      1/0            2/2       2      0/0         13/7      3      1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Casey made it two in a row on the starter's sheet as Mainz's constant attacking claims were only rewarded with a point against Dick Advocaat led Moenchengladbach
  • Mainz can leapfrog into sixth place with a result against sixth-place Hannover, where Casey could run up against fellow U.S. internationals Steve Cherundolo and Clint Mathis for the first time in Germany's top flight

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-4-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss @ Bayern Munich
Next Match: [Nov. 9] v. Borussia Dortmund, DFB Cup, Round of 16; [Nov. 13] v. FSV Mainz
League Position: 6 (4)

STATBOX
League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 11/11    1      0/0            1/1       1      0/0        12/12      2     0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo got his mug in the New York Times for all the wrong reasons as he was pictured with Bayern Munich goalscorer Claudio Pizzaro
  • Hannover's five-match winning streak came to a sudden halt with the 3-0 thrashing from the perennial league power
  • It's back to the drawing board against FSV Mainz as Hannover carry a 4-1-1 record at the AWD-Arena


Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-4-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] DNP in 0-3 loss @ Bayern Munich
Next Match: [Nov. 9] v. Borussia Dortmund, DFB Cup, Round of 16; [Nov. 13] v. FSV Mainz
League Position: 6 (4)

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 is Mr. Invisible in Hannover, left off the squad sheet for the sixth straight contest
  • Perhaps his time will come in the DFB Cup, his second-to-last start for Hannover coming in the penalty-kick victory against Cottbus on Sept. 22 in the second round

HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 9-0-2 (29 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 2] started and played 81 minutes in 1-0 win v. Rosenborg, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group E; [Nov. 7] started and played 57 minutes in 57 minutes in 3-0 win @ FC Den Bosch
Next Match: [Nov. 13] v. Willem II
League Position: 1 (1)

STATBOX
League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
  9/6       2      0/0            5/4       2      1/0        14/10      4      1/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Beasley will surely have raised eyebrows with his game-winner against Rosenborg on Match Day 4 of the Champions League, deftly bringing down a 50-yard flighted ball from Philip Cocu before slipping past the 'keeper and slotting home a right-footer from a dozen yards
  • The win brought PSV three points clear at the top of Group E, with a date against Arsenal next on the dance card
  • They managed to gain some distance on the domestic front as well, the 3-0 blanking of Den Bosch preserving their title as the only undefeated side in the Dutch Eredivisie
  • PSV sport a flawless 5-0-0 record at the Philips Stadion heading into the weekend's encounter with Willem II


John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 6-2-3 (21 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 3] DNP in 1-2 loss @ Maccabi Tel Aviv, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group C; [Nov. 7] started and played 77 minutes in 3-1 win @ Willem II
Next Match: [Nov. 14] v. Feyenoord
League Position: 4 (5)

STATBOX
League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
  1/1       0      0/0            0/0       -        -            1/1       0     0/0        

QUICK HITS

  • The much-anticipated O'Brien return sank from triumph to despair as the U.S. international's first league appearance since February ended after 77 minutes with an apparent hamstring injury
  • The setback seemed reflective of Ajax's fortunes in the Champions League, where the Amsterdammers came out on the wrong side of history in handing Maccabi Tel Aviv their first-ever victory in Champions League play
  • There was a bit of sunshine at the end of the showers as their second straight league victory ended Willem II's four-match unbeaten run and moved Ajax one place further in the table
  • Visitor's Feyenoord have been just as good on the road as Ajax have been at home, and an already charged rivalry will simmer that much hotter as Feyenoord seek to keep Ajax out of their usual place in the top three of Holland

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 3-4-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Rennes
Next Match: [Nov. 13] @ Saint-Etienne
League Position: 15 (16)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 11/10    0      3/0           11/10    0      3/0    

QUICK HITS

  • While Vanney's fortunes have returned in the form of starts, Bastia's have not been rejuvenated during a winless spell that reached eight games
  • Their latest frustration came against a Rennes side that had been scoreless in their last three road matches
  • All was not gloomy as the point advanced the Corsicans one place in the table heading into Saturday's match against unassuming St. Etienne, with Bastia still seeking victory number one on the road

BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 6-4-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Nov. 6] played 90 minutes in 3-2 @ Mons
Next Match: [Nov. 10] v. RSC Anderlecht
League Position: 5 (7)

STATBOX
League                         UEFA Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
11/11     2      4/0            3/3       0      0/0         14/14    2     4/0        

QUICK HITS

  • Gooch made scoring twice as nice as the U.S. defender recorded his first-ever multiple goal game as a professional, salvaging a victory and a much needed three points
  • The game-winner came in the 79th minute as Onyewu had been moved to striker, the suddenly prolific scorer powering home a volley from nine yards
  • Standard hope the taste of victory will continue to motivate as they host second-place RSC Anderlecht, the side with the second-highest goal total (28) in the Belgian League
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