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MNT European Update [March 9, 2003]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-11-6 (36 points)
Last match:  [March 6] DNP in 0-1 loss @ Manchester United, F.A. Cup, Quarterfinal Round
Next Match: [March 13] v. Leeds United
League Position: 6 (last week: 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           
  5/5       0      0/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -           9/9       0      1/1         

QUICK HITS

  • Bocanegra served game two of his three-match ban as Fulham was dismissed from the F.A. Cup
  • Bocanegra makes a brief trip back across the pond to sport the red, white and blue in the USA's friendly against Haiti this Saturday (March 13) in Miami
  • The suspension wraps up this weekend as Fulham host cellar dwellar's Leeds United at Loftus Road

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 7-13-7 (28 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw v. Southampton
Next Match: [March 13] v. Arsenal
League Position: 15 (15)

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
 27/27    1.63     4                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   31/31    1.81     4

QUICK HITS

  • Andy Cole's deserved equalizer delivered Rovers a point in their 1-1 draw v. Southampton, keeping the lifetime league series deadlocked at 16-10-16
  • The draw leaves Blackburn with one win in eight matches, hovering perilously close above the relegation zone with only four points separating them from the bottom four
  • Stories continue to be written about Friedel's 90th minute goal-scoring effort against Charlton on Feb. 23, as he became the first American netminder ever to tally in an EPL match
  • Blackburn had the weekend off to recharge for the final pushes of the league campaign, then face a short trip back to reality as they host league leaders Arsenal at Ewood Park

Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 18-4-4 (58 points)
Last match:  [March 6] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. Fulham, F.A. Cup, Quarterfinal Round
Next Match: [March 9] v. FC Porto, UEFA Champions League, Second Round, Second Leg; [March 13] @ Manchester City
League Position: 3 (3)

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
 26/26    0.92    10                6/6       0.67     4          3/3       1.33      0                   0/0          -         -                  35/35    0.92    14

QUICK HITS

  • Howard got the nod in goal as Man. U slipped past Fulham 2-1, setting up a mammoth match-up against league leaders Arsenal in the F.A. Cup  final four
  • The Red Devils' double duty this week kicks off today with a healthy dose of pressure as they challenge FC Porto in the second leg of their UCL series, having dropped the first meeting 1-0 in Porto two weeks back
  • Desperate to keep their dwindling league championship hopes alive, United look to dispense with their three-match EPL winless drought in the lion's den of Manchester City stadium


Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-13-4 (34 points)
Last match:  [March 9] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss @ Middlesbrough
Next Match: [March 14] v. Newcastle
League Position: 10 (10)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO 
 27/27    1.62      5               3/3      1.67      1           4/4       0.50     2         34/34    1.48     8

QUICK HITS

  • Kasey Keller's heroics went all for naught, a 60th minute penalty save not enough to avoid a 1-0 loss to Carling Cup trophy winners Middlesbrough
  • The loss ends a three-match unbeaten run for Spurs, who remain at the midplace in the EPL table
  • Spurs will seek redemption on the weekend, looking to make up for an embarassing 4-0 pasting by Newcastle in their first meeting Dec. 13

Eddie Lewis

Preston North End, Division One
Record: 14-12-5 (50 points)
Last match:  [March 2] played final 29 minutes in 2-1 win v. Reading; [March 6] played final 45 minutes in 1-1 draw @ Burnley
Next Match: [March 13] v. Gillingham
League Position: 11 (14)
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           
 29/24    4      5/0             2/2       0      0/0         0/0       0      0/0       31/26     4      5/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Lewis  took his turns off the bench last week, Preston picking up three places in the Division One table as they pulled points from two matches
  • The Lilywhites needed an 89th minute tally past Reading 'keeper Marcus Hahnemann to fell the visitors for the second straight time
  • PNE took point a point from Turf Moor for the first time in four league matches, needing a 58th penalty to end on level terms with Burnley
  • PNE look to complete the series sweep against Gillingham, having collected a 1-0 win in their first meeting on Dec. 13

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 10-11-6 (36 points)
Last match:  [March 6] started and played 62 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Manchester United, F.A. Cup, Quarterfinal Round
Next Match: [March 13] v. Leeds United
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           
  5/4       1      0/0             3/3       1     0/0            -        -        -           8/7       2      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • McBride came up on the short end of the match-up with U.S international Tim Howard, Fulham's FA Cup misery against Man-U continuing as their lifetime record fell to 1-6-2
  • This will be the sixth meeting between the clubs in England's top flight, with the series level at 2-2-1

Claudio Reyna 
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 6-12-9 (27 points)
Last match:  [Feb. 28] played 90 minutes in 0-1 loss v. Chelsea
Next Match: [March 13] v. Manchester United
League Position: 16 (16)

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
 16/14    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            12/8       1      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • By all accounts a dominating performance, Reyna and Man. City were left holding nothing but disappointment after a 1-0 loss to Chelsea
  • The Light Blues have not won a home match since Oct. 18, a dreadful string of 12 games in all competitions
  • The season's climactic moment could come March 13 in the 141st edition of the Manchester derby, the home side desperately clinging to a place in the top flight while the visitors look to resurrect quickly dwindling hopes of a league title


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 12-6-5 (41 points)
Last match:  [March 7] played 90 minutes in 3-1 win v. RW Oberhausen
Next Match: [March 12] @ LR Ahlen
League Position: 1 (3)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 21/21    5      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        22/22    5      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter remains a rock in the Cottbus central defense, the side picking up their fourth victory in the last five league matches
  • Improving their home record to 8-2-1, Cottbus have leapfrogged to the top spot in the Second Bundesliga
  • They can add even more distance from the promotion chasers with a visit to lowly LR Ahlen, a side they overcame 3-2 in the first meeting Sept. 27

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 9-8-6 (33 points)
Last match:  [March 5] started and played 58 minutes in 0-0 draw @ SVW Burghausen
Next Match: [March 15] v. FSV Mainz
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
21/21     9      6/0            2/1        0      0/0       23/22     9      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards in Karsruher's second scoreless draw with Burghausen in the 2003-04 season
  • Karlsruher remain within sight of the promotion zone, five points below third-place Oberhausen
  • They can clear a big hurdle this weekend as they welcome fourth place FSV Mainz, the home side holding a one-advantage and a game in hand on the hosts

Steve Cherundolo 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-11-6 (24 points)
Last match:  [March 6] played 90 minutes 0-1 loss @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [March 13] v. Kaiserslautern
League Position: 15 (13)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
 20/19    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        22/21     0      6/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo's shot at an equalizer was denied in the 82nd minute as Hannover's winless run reached five matches
  • The precipitous skid towards relegation cost coach Rolf Rangnick his job, replaced with former Borussia Moenchengladbach boss Ewald Lienen

Clint Mathis 
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-11-6 (24 points)
Last match:  [March 6] played 90 minutes 0-1 loss @ Borussia Moenchengladbach
Next Match: [March 13] v. Kaiserslautern
League Position: 15 (13)


STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
  6/6       4      1/0             -/-        -       -            6/6       4      1/0

QUICK HITS

  • Mathis couldn't find the Midas touch this week, as Hannover were held scoreless for only the third time in the 2003-03 league campaign
  • Mathis has been "momentan in Hochform" (in brilliant form) since joining Hannover, his spectacular efforts good for four goals in six matches
  • Hannover face a massive dogfight against fellow relegation-threatened side Kaiserslautern, the teams level on 24 points heading into the weekend's action

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 11-5-7 (40 points)
Last match: [March 7] DNP in 2-2 @ Gruether Furth
Next Match: [March 14] v. Duisberg
League Position: 2 (1)

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

QUICK HITS

  • Sanneh fitness battle reaches a significant plateau this week, having joined the U.S. national team for full training for the first time since the 2002 World Cup
  • Meantime, while Nurnberg extended their unbeaten run to seven matches, the 2-2 draw with Gruether Furth was not enough to keep them in the pole position  in the Second Bundesliga.  The league leaders have not lost since Dec. 12, 2003
  • They look to keep pace with the league leaders against mid-table MSV Duisberg, having revenge on their minds after a 2-1 loss earlier this season


HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 18-4-1 (55 points)
Last match:  [March 6] DNP in 1-0 win @ RKC Waalwijk
Next Match: [March 14] v. Roda
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
  • Ajax quickly put the kibosh on a two-match losing spell, edging RKC Waalwijk 1-0 to put themselves six points clear at the Dutch league summit
  • The Amsterdammers put their unbeaten 12-0-0 record at the ArenA to the test against visiting Roda, having taken the first meeting 2-1 in O'Brien's season debut on Jan. 21


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 8-11-8 (32 points)
Last match:  [March 7] DNP in 4-1 win v. Marseille
Next Match: [March 13] @ Lens
League Position: 14 (14)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E         
14/13     0      1/0           14/13      0     1/0          

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney returns to availability after sorting through a hernia injury
  • Bastia romped to their biggest margin of victory of the campaign, pouring in four goals for only the second time this season to avenge a 3-1 defeat to Marseille on Oct. 4
  • They will try to keep the goal machine humming against Lens this weekend, having buried a 'tres' in their first meeting with Lens earlier this year, a 3-1 victory


DENMARK

*The Danish Super Ligaen has entered their winter break and will resume play March 14

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhaus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 7-9-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Dec. 7] started and played 53 minutes in 3-1 win @ FC Nordsjaelland
Next Match: [March 14] v. AaB
League Position: 7 (7)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E     
11/10      0      2/0         11/10     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

  • AGF made a quick return to the win column, disposing of FC Nordsjaelland with three unanswered goals in a seven-minute span in the second half
  • After being sidelined with an ankle injury through the middle part of the schedule, Barrett started six consecutive matches heading into the long winter break for the SuperLigaen

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