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MNT European Update [May 18, 2004]



ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 14-14-10 (52 points)
Last match: [May 15] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win @ Bolton
Final League Position: 9 (2002/03 finish: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          
15/15     0      2/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -         19/19     0      3/1        

QUICK HITS

    * Bocanegra appeared 15 times for Fulham after arriving in January, starting 10 straight matches to end the campaign while helping the side post nine clean sheets on his watch
    * Fulham's fourth straight shutout at Reebok Stadium left them in ninth place at season's end, their best-ever finish in England's top division

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 12-18-8 (44 points)
Last match:  [May 15] DNP in 1-1 draw v. Birmingham
Final League Position: 15 (6)

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
 36/36    1.58     8                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   40/40    1.73     8

QUICK HITS

    * Friedel got off Rovers' roller coaster ride of a season for the final two matches, a groin injury seeing to it he watched Blackburn's 1-1 draw with Birmingham from the sidelines
    * Friedel had started the previous 59 league games for Blackburn, producing three straight 1-0 shutouts prior to his commitment to the treatment table
    * While the side failed to reproduce the magic of the previous campaign - finishing nine spots farther down the ladder - Rovers took 12 of 15 possible points in the five games leading up to the finale, surviving if not thriving in their second season back in England's top flight

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 23-9-6 (75 points)
Last match:  [May 15] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win @ Aston Villa
Final League Position: 3 (1)

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
32/32     0.97    12                7/7       0.71     4          3/3       1.33      0                   0/0          -         -                  42/42    0.95    16

QUICK HITS

    * Howard's 12th league shutout extended United's unbeaten run against Aston Villa to 11 matches, the Red Devils falling short in their title defense by finishing a decent but disappointing third behind Arsenal and Chelsea
    * The 25-year-old Howard finished with a 0.97 goals against average as a debutante in the Premiership, his efforts as a rookie recognized by his peers when he received the PFA Goalkeeper of the Year award
    * But there's still one tale left to be told as United pursue a record 11th F.A. Cup trophy when they meet Milwall this Sunday, their 10 titles already the most victories of any club in the 132-year history of the tournament

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 13-19-6 (45 points)
Last match: [May 15] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win @ Wolverhampton
Final League Position: 14 (10)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO 
38/38     1.45     8                3/3       1.67     1           4/4       0.50     2         45/45    1.38    11

QUICK HITS

    * Keller's second consecutive clean sheet upped his season-ending tally to 11 in all competitions as Spurs handled relegated Wolverhampton
    * The complete game against Wolverhampton ensured that Keller has played every minute of every game for Spurs for two straight seasons.  That’s 76 league games, four F.A. Cup matches and six Worthington Cup contests.  Counting back to March 30, 2002, and the close of the 2001-02 campaign, that totals 93 games and 8,370 consecutive minutes in goal for the USA's all-time leader in shutouts
    * An interview with Keller on his remarkable achievements can be found on ussoccer.com by clicking here
    * Keller's record of longevity is one of few bright lights escaping from otherwise dark days for Spurs, the team simply underperforming and finishing well below standard

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 15-17-14 (59 points)
Last match:  [May 9] played 90 minutes in 3-3 draw v. Sheffield United
Final League Position: 15 (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          
 33/26    6      6/0             2/2       0      0/0         0/0       0      0/0       35/28     6     6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Eddie Lewis capped a productive year for Preston by going the distance in their final three matches after recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia
    * Lewis notched six goals in first division action, his most prolific output over four years in England
    * PNE ended the season without a victory in their final six games, but helped spoil the party for Sheffield as the 2-2 draw officially put United out of contention for the promotion playoffs

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 14-14-10 (52 points)
Last match:  [May 15] started and played 89 minutes in 2-0 win @ Bolton
Final League Position: 9 (last week: 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          
 16/5      4      0/0            3/3       1     0/0            -        -        -           19/8      5      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * McBride tallied on either side of halftime to record his second-ever double in EPL play, earning a place on ESPN's soccernet.com Team of the Week while placing Fulham's 2003-04 team in the club's history books
    * The USA's third all-time leading scorer closed out the campaign with three goals in as many matches, appearing in every match for the Whites since joining the club in the end of January

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 9-15-14 (41 points)
Last match:  [May 15] started and played 81 minutes in 5-1 win v. Everton
Final League Position: 16 (9)

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
 23/19    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            31/25    1      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Reyna joined the starting XI for one of the high moments of a season that defied the great expectations going in, the 5-1 victory against dispirited Everton only the fifth home win for Manchester City
    * Reyna started exactly 50 percent of the games in manager Kevin Keegan's rotation system, enjoying a relatively injury-free run through the Light Blues crusade
    * Narrowly avoiding relegation and with no funds in the transfer account, Man. City will have to get more out of a talented but inconsistent unit come August

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 14-10-9 (51 points)
Last match:  [May 16] started and played 54 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Unterhaching
Next Match: [May 23] v. Jahn Regensburg
League Position: 4 (4)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 31/31    5      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        32/32     5     6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Berhalter suffered a season-ending injury after a collision with Zsolt Löw in the 54th minute left the U.S. defender with a broken nose and eye socket
    * The injury only exacerbated a near fatal blow to Cottbus' promotion hopes, the 2-0 loss leaving the side two points behind Alemannia Aachen with only one game to go
    * The skinny on the season climax: Alemannia Aachen sit on 53 points and a +1 goal difference.  Cottbus and FSV Mainz each have 51 points, but hold a superior goal difference to Aachen, +5 and +12 respectively.  Cottbus is home to relegated Jahn Regensburg, FSV is Mainz home to ninth place Eintracht Trier, and Alemannia Aachen is away to Karlsruhe.  You do the math

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 10-13-10 (40 points)
Last match:  [May 16] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw @ FC Union Berlin
Next Match: [May 23] @ FC Union Berlin
League Position: 14 (14)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
28/28    13     6/0            2/1        0      0/0       30/29    13    6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Karlsruhe seems to like suspense, failing once again to capitalize on an opportunity to secure their league spot with a 2-2 draw against relegation-bound FC Union Berlin
    * With two teams hot on their heels heading into the final weekend, Karlsruhe at least hold their fate in their own hands, a victory ensuring a place the second division for next year
    * The task is made all the harder in that their opponents, Alemannia Aachen, are themselves clinging to their cause of joining the Bundesliga next year.  Casey and Co. can help themselves and Berhalter's Cottbus in a match that defines the pressure of football in Europe

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 9-14-10 (37 points)
Last match:  [May 15] played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw v. VfL Wolfsburg
Next Match: [May 22] @ VfL Bochum
League Position: 12 (11)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 29/28    0      9/0            2/2       0      1/0        31/30     0    10/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Cherundolo resumed his role at right back as the scoreless draw against Wolfsburg did the job for Hannover, the team now finally clear of the red zone and guaranteed a place in next year's Bundesliga
    * Hannover have now posted five shutouts in their last seven matches, their previous clean sheet coming way back on Nov. 29, 2003
    * With the U.S. international facing a crowded summer schedule, Cherundolo has been handed a well-deserved rest, coach Ewald Lienen giving the defender a weekend pass

Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 9-14-10 (37 points)
Last match:  [May 15] played 86 minutes in 0-0 draw v. VfL Wolfsburg
Next Match: [May 22] @ VfL Bochum
League Position: 12 (11)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 16/15    4      2/0             -/-        -       -          16/15     4      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Mathis had Hannover's first chance of the match against Wolfsburg, a header five minutes in just missing the mark
    * There's nothing on the line besides three points and a little bit of change as Hannover close out the campaign away to VfL Bochum
    * Mathis joins Cherundolo on early holiday, also getting clearance from the manager to recharge the batteries before the summer fun hits

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 18-7-7 (61 points)
Last match: [May 16] played 90 minutes in 1-3 loss v. RW Oberhausen
Next Match: [May 22] @ LR Ahlen
League Position: 1 (1)

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

QUICK HITS

    * Sanneh's made it six in a row since returning from the sick list, suffering his first defeat as an already-crowned Nurnberg side fell easily to RW Oberhausen
    * Despite the loss, the party went on as players, coaches and fans alike joined after the match to celebrate their league title
    * Nurnberg make the ceremonial trip to LR Ahlen, a side still needing a victory to guarantee their place in the second Bundesliga

HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 25-4-5 (80 points)
Last match:  [May 16] DNP in 5-2 win @ Willem II
Final League Position: 1 (2)

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 wrote the story on his 2003-04 season, achilles and hamstring injuries limiting his time to just four matches
    * Meantime, Ajax capped their championship run in fine fashion, surging to a 5-2 victory in a decidely open affair and improving to a 9-4-4 record away from the ArenA
    * The Amsterdammers lead the three-horse race most of the way, only once suffering back-to-back losses in league play

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 9-16-12 (39 points)
Last match:  [May 15] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Lille
Next Match: [May 23] v. PSG
League Position: 15 (13)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
19/18     0      1/0           19/18      0     1/0         

QUICK HITS

    * Vanney's return to the first choice couldn't stop the bleeding for Bastia, the Corsican side amidst a catastrophic landslide in which they have been held scoreless five straight matches
    * Now only two points above the relegation heading into their last match, Bastia will have their fingers crossed when they run up against second-place PSG and hope the other results fall their way

DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 11-17-3 (36 points)
Last match:  [May 16] DNP in 1-0 win v. Frem
Next Match: [May 23] @ AB Copenhagen
League Position: 8 (9)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
17/14      0      2/0         17/14     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Barrett continues to be hampered by injury, watching doubtless with pride as AGF sealed the deal on their future in the SuperLigaen with a 1-0 against relegation threatened Frem
    * AGF have three wins in their last five outings, and have taken six points from their previous two meetings against cellar dwellars AB Copenhagen

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