Sanneh Scores in Bundesliga Victory; Weekend Update for U.S. Players Abroad
WOLFSBURG, Germany (Saturday, September 21, 2002) - U.S. Men's National Team defender Tony Sanneh, a standout for the U.S. at the 2002 World Cup, scored his first goal of the 2002-03 Bundesliga season on Saturday, helping Nuremburg to a 2-0 victory at Wolfsburg.
Sanneh scored in the 65th minute to open the scoring, a goal which was followed just three minutes later by a penalty-kick strike from Dusan Petkovic to secure the win for Nuremberg. The win was the second of the year for Sanneh's German club in six matches.
The 31-year-old Sanneh started all five games for the U.S. in the 2002 World Cup, recording an assist and sparkling in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the tournament quarterfinals. Since making his debut for the U.S. in 1997, Sanneh has 37 caps and two international goals.
COMPLETE U.S. EUROPEAN UPDATE: The penalty spot would dictate terms for both of the USA's England-based international goalkeepers this past week. Tottenham Hostpur fell to third place in the English Premier League after a Ruud Van Nistlerooy PK in the 63rd minute lifted Manchester United past Kasey Keller and Spurs at Old Trafford. Meantime, Brad Friedel continued his World Cup form in defending against spot kicks, this time stoning Alan Smith midway in the second half to preserve Blackburn's 1-0 victory against Leeds. With the win, Rovers climb into the top half of the table in the ninth position. Jovan Kirovksi made his debut appearance in the first team for Birmingham City, entering for the final ten minutes as City dropped a 1-0 decision to Middlesbrough. Claudio Reyna's side has been unable to stem the tide, as Sunderland suffered their third consecutive scoreless defeat, a 2-0 loss to Newcastle. Sunderland sit second from the bottom in the table, collecting just five points from seven matches. In the First Division, Eddie Lewis came on in the second half of Preston North End's 2-0 win against Derby County. PNE remain undefeated on the season; however, they have only taken full points in two matches and currently hold the 12th spot in the table. In the German Bundesliga, Tony Sanneh scored his first goal of the 2002-03 campaign, netting the game winner as FC Nurnberg felled VfL Wolfsburg 2-0. The win was the second of the year for Sanneh's German club in six matches. Hannover 96 earned a 2-2 draw with VfL Bochum, as Steve Cherundolo completed his seventh straight start. Hannover are still in search of their first home victory of the season. Gregg Berhalter made his third straight start since joining Energie Cottbus, the side falling victim to league leaders Bayern Munich at the Olympiastadion in Munich. In the Dutch Eredivisie, John O'Brien and Ajax remained perfect for the new season, capturing their fifth win in a row against Roosendaal. The Amsterdam side still sit behind PSV Eindhoven on goal differential. At NAC Breda, Earnie Stewart is proving dangerous off the bench, this time netting his first goal of the campaign to secure his side’s 2-0 win against FC Twente. The victory elevated NAC Breda to fourth place in advance of their showdown with Ajax this coming Sunday. David Regis played the second 45 minutes in FC Troyes 1-0 loss to Nice; the club having just one win in eight matches. Fellow U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk also saw action as a second-half sub, completing the final 24 minutes of FC St. Gallen's 2-2 draw home to Servette.