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MNT European Update [March 22, 2003]



ENGLAND

Carlos Bocanegra
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-12-6 (39 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Chelsea
Next Match: [March 27] @ Manchester City
League Position: 9 (last week: 9)

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          
  6/6       0      0/1             4/4       0     1/0            -        -        -         10/10     0      1/1        

QUICK HITS

    * Bocanegra returned to the fold after a three-match ban, unable to stem the tide as terms against Chelsea were already settled by the first half hour in their 2-1 loss
    * Despite the losing effort, Fulham remain within striking distance of a place in Europe next year, just three points off the pace with nine matches remaining
    * Fulham have given a name to their pain, and it is the City of Manchester Stadium.  In their last three visits, they have been beaten off the park by a combined score of 11-1, including two scoreless efforts

Brad Friedel
Blackburn Rovers FC, English Premier League
Record: 8-14-7 (31 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played 90 minutes in 2-0 win @ Aston Villa
Next Match: [March 27] v. Portsmouth
League Position: 15 (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
 29/29    1.59     5                 2/2       2.00     0          1/1       4.00      0                   1/1       4.00     0                   33/33    1.76     5

QUICK HITS

    * Friedel recorded eight saves in posting his fifth shutout of the campaign, spoiling the Champions League hopes of home side Aston Villa in the process
    * The victory, only their second in ten league matches, put the brakes on Rovers downward slide toward relegation while giving them a four-point separation from the danger zone
    * Rovers welcome relegation-threatened Portsmouth to Ewood Park on the weekend, hoping to keep intact a 14-match unbeaten run against Pompey dating back to 1990

Tim Howard
Manchester United FC, English Premier League
Record: 19-6-4 (61 points)
Last match:  [March 20] DNP in 3-0 win v. Tottenham
Next Match: [March 27] @ Arsenal
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's name wasn't called as United swept in for their sixth consecutive victory against Spurs, maintaining their three-point distance from Chelsea
    * The win marked United's first victory in league play since Feb. 7, a string of five matches
    * While the title talk seems all but settled, Man. U could restore pride to their season with a result against runaway leaders Arsenal at Highbury on Saturday

Kasey Keller
Tottenham Hotspur FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-13-4 (37 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played 90 minutes in 0-3 loss @ Manchester United
Next Match: [March 27] @ Southampton
League Position: 11 (10)

STATBOX
League                               FA Cup                        League Cup                  TOTALS
GP:GS   GAA   SO           GP:GS   GAA   SO       GP:GS   GAA   SO      GP:GS   GAA   SO
 29/29    1.59      6              3/3       1.67      1           4/4       0.50     2         36/36    1.47     9

QUICK HITS

    * Keller's record of longevity remains unbroken, the U.S. international not missing a minute of action in all 36 of Spurs matches this season
    * Unfortunately, Keller couldn't hold off Man. U as Tottenham dropped their second decision in three matches
    * Now just south of mid-table, Spurs seek to end a horrific run at St. Mary's Stadium, having suffered four straight shutout defeats away to 12th-place Southampton

Eddie Lewis
Preston North End, Division One
Record: 14-12-10 (52 points)
Last match:  [March 17] DNP in 1-4 loss @ Coventry City; [March 20] DNP in 1-2 loss v. Walsall
Next Match: [March 27] @ Rotherham
League Position: 13 (11)

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 is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks while recovering from successful surgery to repair a sports hernia
    * Preston's promotion hopes suffered a smashing blow last week, a pair of losses to Coventry City and Walsall leaving PNE ten points behind the pace and one more match played than most of their competition
    * But the campaign marches on, and the Lilywhites hope to repeat the roasting they gave relegation-threatened Rotherham earlier this season, a 4-1 rout on Sept. 20, 2003

Brian McBride
Fulham FC, English Premier League
Record: 11-12-6 (39 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played final 13 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Chelsea
Next Match: [March 27] @ Manchester City
League Position: 9 (9)

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          
  7/5       1      0/0             3/3       1     0/0            -        -        -          10/8      2      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * McBride entered from the bench for the second match running, unable to post an equalizer as Fulham's winless run against Chelsea stretched to 14 matches
    * Fulham and Man. City were equals in their first meeting this season, the Cottagers unlucky to take full points as a 90th minute goal by Manchester City's Nicholas Anelka left the sides splitting the spoils on a 2-2 result

Claudio Reyna
Manchester City, English Premier League
Record: 7-12-9 (30 points)
Last match:  [March 13] started and played 45 minutes in 4-1 win v. Manchester United
Next Match: [March 22] @ Leeds United; [March 27] v. Fulham
League Position: 15 (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
 17/15    1      0/0            4/2       0      0/0          3/3       0      1/0              1/1       0      0/0            25/21    1      0/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Reyna turned in another sparkling performance that was cut short by injury at the interval, Man. City dominating a top three side for the second week running, but this time coming away with the prize
    * Reyna is out of action tonight with a calf strain as Man. City looks to record their first back-to-back victories of the 2003-04 campaign
    * After their meeting with last-place Leeds, the Light Blues shortened week ends with a visit from Fulham and a chance to put space between themselves and the clubs teetering on the edge of a drop to the first division

GERMANY

Gregg Berhalter
Energie Cottbus, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 13-6-6 (45 points)
Last match:  [March 19] played 90 minutes in 2-1 win v. Karlsruher
Next Match: [March 26] @ SVW Burghausen
League Position: 1 (2)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 23/23    3      6/0            1/1       0      0/0        24/24     3     6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Berhalter and Cottbus have re-claimed the top spot for the time being, an 87th minute strike capping the 2-1 come-from-behind win against Karlsruher
    * Cottbus improve to 9-2-1 at the Stadion der Freundschaft, now unbeaten in their last four league matches
    * Cottbus look to further distance themselves from the pack against 12th place Burghausen, having collected a 2-1 win in their first meeting

Conor Casey
Karlsruher SC, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 9-9-7 (34 points)
Last match:  [March 19] played 90 minutes in 1-2 loss @ Cottbus
Next Match: [March 28] v. Erzgebirge Aue
League Position: 8 (7)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
22/22     10    6/0            2/1        0      0/0       24/23    10    6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Casey's goal-scoring account hit double digits this weekend, but his exploits weren't enough to keep off another notch in the losing column for Karslruher
    * Karlsruher have failed to take full points from their last four matches, dropping to eighth in the second Bundesliga
    * Eight points shy of the promotion zone, Karlsruher are in desperate need of three points from visiting Erzgebrige Aue

Steve Cherundolo
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-12-7 (25 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw @ FC Schalke
Next Match: [March 27] v. Dortmund
League Position: 16 (16)

STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
 22/21    0      5/0            2/2       0      1/0        24/23     0      6/0        

QUICK HITS

    * Hannover were better in every measure except the one that counted, their winless run hitting seven matches as the team finds itself on the wrong side of the relegation line with only nine matches remaining
    * Despite the solid performance, the light at the end of this tunnel may very well be a train, as Hannover were walloped 6-2 by visiting Dortmund in their first encounter on Oct. 18, 2003

Clint Mathis
Hannover 96, German Bundesliga
Record: 6-12-7 (25 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw @ FC Schalke
Next Match: [March 27] v. Dortmund
League Position: 16 (16)


STATBOX
League                          League Cup                TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E       GP:GS  Gls    C/E       
  8/8       4      2/0             -/-        -       -            8/8       4      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Mathis continued his steady form, this time lending a hand on the first of Tomas Brdaric's strikes in the 2-2 draw
    * Hannover have given up a league worst 54 goals this season

Tony Sanneh
FC Nurnberg, German Second Bundesliga
Record: 12-5-7 (43 points)
Last match: [March 14] DNP in 2-0 win v. Duisberg
Next Match: [March 22] @ VfB Lubeck; [March 28] v. Unterhaching
League Position: 2 (1)

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

QUICK HITS

    * Sanneh entered the U.S. lineup for the first time since the 2002 World Cup, playing 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Haiti on March 13 in Miami.  The defender had been out of competitive action since Dec. 7, 2002
    * Nurnberg can regain the top spot against relegation threatened Lubeck, but face an uphill climb as they are down 2-1 with less than 20 minutes remaining.  Sanneh did not appear in the first XI
    * They welcome mid-table Unterhaching on the weekend, having let two points slip through their fingers in their first meeting on Oct. 20 after giving up the tying goal in the 89th minute

HOLLAND

John O'Brien
Ajax Amsterdam, Dutch Eredivisie
Record: 21-4-1 (64 points)
Last match:  [March 21] DNP in 5-0 win v. Vitesse
Next Match: [March 28] @ AZ Alkmaar
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 are inching closer to regaining the Dutch title they surrendered to PSV last season, the 5-0 thrashing of Vitesse leaving them 11 points clear with only nine games remaining
    * Their weekend hosts AZ are still in the European hunt for next year, and will be eager to avenge a 3-2 loss earlier in the campaign

FRANCE

Greg Vanney
SC Bastia, Le Championnat Ligue 1
Record: 8-11-10 (34 points)
Last match:  [March 20] played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw v. Le Mans
Next Match: [March 27] @ AC Ajaccio
League Position: 13 (13)

STATBOX
League                           TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E          GP:GS  Gls    C/E        
16/15     0      1/0           16/15      0     1/0         

QUICK HITS

    * Vanney went the distance for his second straight as Bastia posted their second consecutive scoreless draw
    * They hoped for better against last-place Le Mans, and will now seek three points from struggling AC Ajaccio

DENMARK

Wade Barrett
AGF Aarhus, Danish Super Ligaen
Record: 8-11-3 (27 points)
Last match:  [March 21] played final 10 minutes in 3-3 draw @ Esbjerg
Next Match: [March 28] @ Herfoelge
League Position: 6 (7)

STATBOX
League                          TOTALS
GP:GS  Gls    C/E         GP:GS  Gls    C/E    
13/12      0      2/0         13/12     0      2/0

QUICK HITS

    * Barrett entered as a reserve for only the second time this season, making it count as he set up AGF's equalizer just one minute from full time
    * The point against the league leaders pushes Aarhus up one spot to sixth in the table
    * They go from looking up to looking down as they travel to ninth place Hefoelge on the weekend, carrying the burden of a 3-1 loss in their prior meeting


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