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MNT European Update [Nov. 1, 2004]


ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-6-2 (11 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] played 90 minutes in 1-0 win @ Birmingham City, League Cup, Third Round; [Oct. 30] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win v. Tottenham
Next Match: [Nov. 7] @ Newcastle United
League Position: 15 (last week's position: 17)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  9/8        1       1/0            1/1        0       0/0        10/9       1       1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Boca and Co. were 2 for 2 last week, getting past Birmingham City to advance to the Fourth Round of the League Cup, then bolting through struggling Spurs to end a three-match losing skid in EPL play
  • Bocanegra will taste a nip of nostalgia this week, returning to the site of his Premier League debut as Fulham travel to Newcastle in search of their first road win of the campaign

Bobby Convey
Reading FC, English League Championship
Record: 9-4-3 (30 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 30] played final 32 minutes in 2-3 loss @ Coventry City
Next Match: [Nov. 2] @ Plymouth; [Nov. 6] v. Stoke City
League Position: 3 (2)

STATBOX

League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E  
 12/2      0      0/0              2/1        0      0/0         14/3       0      0/0

QUICK HITS

  • Convey got his most league minutes in over two months but couldn't help the Royals get back to even as their eight-match unbeaten run came to a halt
  • Now in third place by virtue of goal differential, Reading climbs quickly back on the horse as they travel to mid-table Plymouth in their first meeting with the hosts in league play in over ten years
  • Then it's back to the friendly confines of Madjeski Stadium, where the Royals have collected at least a share of the spoils from every game this season, surrending only five goals en route to a 6-0-2 record

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 1-6-4 (7 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 30] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw v. Liverpool
Next Match: [Nov. 6] @ Norwich City
League Position: 19 (20)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO            GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA    SO
 11/11    2.18     1                 0/0         -          -          11/11     2.18      1

QUICK HITS

  • Friedel turned aside nine shots as Blackburn stemmed the tide against Liverpool and inched out of the EPL cellar
  • The two-goal output marked only the third time this year that Rovers have recorded multiple goals in league play
  • Still in search of road win number one, there's no better place to pick it up than Norwich, who have no victories in ten tries since gaining promotion


Tim Howard 
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 4-2-5 (17 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 26] played 90 minutes in 3-0 win v. Crewe, League Cup, Third Round, [Oct. 30] DNP in 0-2 loss @ Portsmouth
Next Match: [Nov. 3] v. Sparta Prague, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group D; [Nov. 7] v. Manchester City
League Position: 7 (5)

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 showed no signs of rust in his first start in six games, staving off several fine efforts in the early going of each half as United shutout Crewe to advance to the next stage of the League Cup
  • Howard turned spectator once again on the weekend, covering his eyes along with the Man-U faithful as the Red Devils saw the great work of the week past undone, losing the away game to Portsmouth for the second year running
  • Onward and upward they go, and United have a pair of matchups this week certain to get the juices going.  They first seek to improve upon a listless performance in the dour 0-0 draw against Sparta Prague just two weeks ago, hoping to send the second-ever Czech club to visit Old Trafford away with no chance of advancing to the next stage of the Champions League
  • Then it's derby time, the 141st lifetime meeting between the cross-city rivals coming exactly 100 years and four days since they first kicked the ball in anger on Nov. 3, 1894, a 5-2 road victory for United


Kasey Keller 
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-4-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] played 90 minutes in 4-3 win @ Bolton, League Cup, Third Round, [Oct. 30] DNP in 0-2 loss @ Fulham
Next Match: [Nov. 6] v. Charlton
League Position: 11 (10)

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

  • Keller joined Howard in returning to action for cup competition, and despite being victimized by an own goal and a PK he made two spectacular overtime saves to preserve Spurs' victory against last year's league cup finalists
  • He sat across from U.S. international roommate Brian McBride as Tottenham made it three in a row in the loss column, slipping into the bottom half of the table
  • It's the second London derby in as many weeks for Spurs as Charlton Athletic come across town carrying a four-match winless spell of their own.  Just one point behind Spurs, the visitors holding an impressive five-match unbeaten run at White Hart Lane dating back to 1990

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, English League Championship
Record: 6-7-3 (21 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] DNP in 0-2 loss @ Everton, League Cup, Third Round; [Oct. 30] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss @ Ipswich
Next Match: [Nov. 3] @ Coventry; [Nov. 6] v. Leeds United
League Position: 12 (8)

STATBOX
League                                League Cup                 TOTALS
GP:GS   Gls      C/E           GP:GS   Gls      C/E      GP:GS   Gls      C/E   
 15/13     0        4/0              1/1          0         1/1       16/14      0         5/1

QUICK HITS

  • Preston dumped a pair of shutout losses last week, putting the kibosh on an impressive run of form that saw PNE jump to eighth in the league table
  • Lewis got the day off as Preston fell to Everton in their first-ever meeting in League Cup play, then went the distance as Ipswich made it six consecutive shutouts at home against PNE dating back to 1965
  • Looking to shrug off their worst loss of the campaign, the Lilywhites look for win numero uno away from home at Coventry, then host a Leeds side winless in their last three


Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 3-6-2 (11 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] played final three minutes in 1-0 win @ Birmingham City, League Cup, Third Round; [Oct. 30] DNP in 2-0 win v. Tottenham
Next Match: [Nov. 7] @ Newcastle United
League Position: 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 came in to put the finishing touches on Fulham's 1-0 shutout win in their debut duel against Birmingham in cup competition
  • McBride failed to enter a match for only the second time this season when he witnessed Fulham's handy victory against Spurs at Craven Cottage
  • St. James Park has been unkind to Fulham of late, the visitors having left Newcastle the last four times with only a good pint to show for it

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 3-5-3 (12 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] 1-2 @ Arsenal, League Cup, Third Round; [Nov. 1] DNP in 1-1 draw v. Norwich City
Next Match: [Nov. 7] @ Manchester United
League Position: 12 (13)

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 did not suit up for the seventh straight game today as Manchester City denied Norwich their first-ever victory in the top flight
  • City suffered a disheartening cup loss to a depleted Arsenal side last week as American youngster Danny Karbassiyoon netted his first-ever goal for the Gunners in stoppage time to secure the Arsenal victory
  • The Blues will be looking to exorcise some Old Trafford demons and break a 22-match winless run that dates back to 1973


GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 3-4-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27]played 90 minutes in 1-0 win v. Erzgebirge Aue; [Oct. 31] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Eintracht Trier
Next Match: [Nov. 7] v.  RW Erfurt
League Position: 12 (13)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  7/7        0      2/0            1/1        0       0/0          8/8        0       2/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Berhalter continues to marshal the Cottbus defense as they got mixed results last week
  • Cottbus snapped a five-match winless run with the shutout victory at the Stadion der Freundschaft, keeping alive their unbeaten 3-0-2 record at home.
  • Unfortunately, their record for success at home is equalled by a record of futility on the road, the 2-1 loss to Eintracht dropping the count to a winless 0-4-2
  • The coin toss is in their favor this week, as Cottbus host an Erfurt side that has been shackled by four straight scoreless performances on the road


Conor Casey
FSV Mainz, German Bundesliga
Record: 5-3-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 27] played final 20 minutes in 3-1 win v. Hansa Rostock; [Oct. 30] played 90 minutes in 3-4 loss @ VfL Wolfsburg
Next Match: [Nov. 6] v. Borussia Moenchengladbach
League Position: 7 (5)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
 10/4      1       1/0            2/2        2       0/0          12/6      3      1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Casey earned the assist on the insurance goal by fellow sub Jurgen Krammy as Mainz increased their unbeaten record at the Stadion am Bruchweg to 4-0-1
  • Casey then returned to the first XI against league leaders Wolfsburg, opening his Bundesliga scoring account in the 17th minute with a bombazo from 17 yards.  The lead would not hold as Mainz were reduced to 10 men and succumbed to a 4-3 finish
  • Mainz head back to their home turf against road weary 'Gladbach, the visitors coming up empty handed from their last three road trips

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-3-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 26] DNP in 3-1 win v. Kaiserslautern; [Oct. 30] played 90 minutes in 3-0 win v. VfL Bochum
Next Match: [Nov. 6] @ Bayern Munich
League Position: 4 (7)

STATBOX

League                          DFB Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
 10/10    1      0/0            1/1         1       0/0        11/11      2      0/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Cherundolo was denied his first Bundesliga start of the year as the linger effects of a collision in last Saturday's win against Moenchengladbach kept him safely on the sidelines
  • Hannover took advantage of league minnows Kaiserslautern, hammering home three goals for the third time in four games
  • With Cherundolo back in his customary spot, Hannover duplicated their goal scoring output while posting clean sheet number four against Bochum, thereby vaulting to fourth place in the league table

Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-3-2 (20 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 26] DNP in 3-1 win v. Kaiserslautern; [Oct. 30] DNP in 3-0 win v. VfL Bochum
Next Match: [Nov. 6] @ Bayern Munich
League Position: 4 (7)


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 remains out of favor in Hannover as his side's pair of victories made it five in a row in the win column
  • They face a mighty test at the Olympiastadion and a date with perennial league power Bayern Munich, hoping to reverse the 3-1 defeat suffered in last year's encounter in Munich


HOLLAND

DaMarcus Beasley
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 7-0-2 (23 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 29] played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw @ FC Utrecht
Next Match: [Nov. 2] v. Rosenborg, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group E; [Nov. 7] @ FC Den Bosch
League Position: 1 (2)

STATBOX

League                          Champions League      TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
  8/5       2      0/0            4/3         1       1/0          12/8      3      1/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Beasley returned to the starter's list as PSV hammered out a hard fought 0-0 draw against an Utrecht team still unbeaten at Nieuwe Galgenwaard
  • PSV can play dreamkillers this week, a victory against Rosenborg eliminating the newly crowned Norwegian champions from a chance at the next phase of the Champions League
  • Still unbeaten in league play with a 7-0-2 mark, PSV keep their bags packed for a stint at uninspired Den Bosch, the team with the third fewest home goals in the Eredivisie


John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 5-2-3 (18 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 31] DNP in 1-0 win  v. NEC Nijmegen
Next Match: [Nov. 3] @ Maccabi Tel Aviv, UEFA Champions League, Stage One, Group E; [Nov. 7] @ Willem II
League Position: 5 (6)

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, the U.S. international remaining in street clothes for both the first team and reserves.  He last appeared in a league match Feb. 13 against PSV 
  • Ajax rebounded from a three-match slide with a 1-0 win versus NEC, gaining points on league leaders PSV and Feyenoord as neither side managed a victory on the weekend
  • Ajax are keen to take three points on the road against pointless Maccabi Tel Aviv, as the Amsterdammers sit in third place in Group C with only one win in three matches
  • Then it's back on the bus to Tillburg and a match against a Willlem II side riding a four-match unbeaten run that has left them hovering one point below Ajax in the table


FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 3-4-4 (13 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 30] played 90 minutes in 0-2 loss @ Metz
Next Match: [Nov. 6] v. Rennes
League Position: 16 (15)

STATBOX

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

QUICK HITS

  • Vanney made it three in a row for starts, but after five minutes the headlines were already written as two quick goals sealed Bastia's fate
  • Bastia's record of labor in vain reached seven matches, as Bastia are a winless 0-5-2 in that span
  • The Corsican club welcome a Rennes side that has been impotent away from home, now scoreless in their last three road matches


BELGIUM

Oguchi Onyewu
Royal Standard de Ligue, Belgium First Division
Record: 5-4-2 (17 points)
Last match:  [Oct. 29] played 90 minutes in 1-4 loss v. Club Brugges
Next Match: [Nov. 6] @ Mons
League Position: 7 (5)

STATBOX
League                         UEFA Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E   
10/10     0      3/0              3/3       0       0/0         13/13    0       3/0         

QUICK HITS

  • Gooch has been chosen to the first XI in 13 of 14 matches in all competitions since joining Standard from Metz
  • Standard's precipitous slide continued, the 4-1 loss to Belgium's best Club Brugges equalling their worst defeat of the campaign
  • Redemption may come in the form of Mons, the side second from bottom in the table and holders of the second worst record for goals both for and against
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