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Americans Abroad

With Thomas goal, Eintracht Braunschweig stuns Hannover 96 2-0 in German Cup.

Cherundolo, Thomas
Americans Steve Cherundolo (left) and Jacob Thomas (center) watch Braunschweig shot go wide. Thomas scored the winning goal in Braunschweig's 2-0 upset of Hannover 96 in the German Cup second round.
-- Eintracht web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)

(Tuesday, November 4, 2003) -- American striker Jacob Thomas scored the decisive goal that helped lift Eintracht Braunschweig of Germany's third division to an improbable 2-0 decision over the Bundesliga's Hannover 96 in the DfB Pokal (German) Cup.

The past week was a busy one in Germany with second-round Cup matches midweek and a full slate of league games over the weekend.

In Cup action at Braunschweig, Thomas came out on top of a duel with U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96's right back. It was an emotional meeting, the first between the two Lower Saxony sides since 1988.

Thomas set up the victory with a slashing goal for a 1-0 lead 15 seconds after intermission. Eintracht sealed the triumph over its first-division foe with Jürgen Rische's penalty kick two minutes into stoppage time.

Jacob Thomas
Jacob Thomas is in his fourth season at Eintracht Braunschweig.
-- Eintracht web site photo --

Cherundolo picked up a yellow card and came limping out of the game in the 81st minute. Thomas was substituted out in the 87th minute.

Thomas, 26, a native of Jonestown, Tex., is in his fourth season at Eintracht. A regular starter on the front line, he has three goals in 14 games this season as Braunschweig has compiled a 6-5-3 record for 21 points and ninth place in the 18-team Regionalliga Nord. Werder Bremen Amateurs are in first place at 8-2-4 with 28 points

Jones helped lead Saint Louis University to the Conference USA title in 1995, his only season of college ball, and played for the Austin Lone Stars in the third-division D3 Pro League before heading to Germany.

Thomas and Braunschweig fell quickly back to earth after its Cup upset by losing 3-0 to host KFC Uerdingen in league play Sunday. Things could have been different for Eintracht, however, had an Uerdingen player not cleared Thomas's shot off of the goal line in the 10th minute. Thomas played 72 minutes before he left in favor of Stephan Pientak.

Cherundolo, who pulled a thigh muscle against Braunschweig, was not expected to play Saturday, but made a relief appearance is a 2-1 victory over FC Köln for slumping Hannover (4-4-3, 15) which had a tie and three losses in its last four outings, slipping to ninth place. He and reserve Vinicius Bergantin helped stabilize a shaky Hannover defense hold off Köln (2-8-1, 7).

In the Second Bundesliga, Energie Cottbus and its American defender Gregg Berhalter recovered from a controversial 4-1 loss to FSV Mainz 05 and surprised Arminia Bielefeld with a 3-1 road victory. Berhalter again served as captain and the Cottbus defense gave up few chances, beaten only by an expertly-taken free kick by Massimiliano Porcello.

Cottbus fell to Mainz after two players were sent off and Mainz was allowed to successfully retake a missed penalty kick, all within a six-minute period.

In the DfB Pokal Cup, Karlsruher SC of the Second Bundesliga suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of third-division TSG Hoffenheim. American striker Conor Casey started the game on the bench in favor of Ivan Saenko, but was called on to help jump-start the Karlsruhe attack in the 74th minute with his team behind 1-0. Less the minute later Christian Möckel scored for Hoffenheim and dashed any hopes of Karlsruhe making the next round

Karlsruher seemed to still be shaken from its Cup setback for much of its Sunday league game against MSV Duisburg, but Christian Hassa scored in the 86th minute and Casey added a tally three minutes later for a 2-0 victory.

Sportfreunde Siegen of the third division fell 2-1 to visiting Greuther Fürth in the German Cup with the winning goal scored in the 117th minute, three minutes before the end of overtime when penalty kicks would have been used to decide the result. American John van Buskirk, back in attack after last week's defensive effort, went the full 120 minutes for the home side, but was unable to score a much-needed goal despite good opportunities in the 39th and the 57th minutes. Americans Eric Lukin and Joshua Caleb Norkus did not play for Siegen.

In Regionalliga Sued Sunday, Siegen won 3-1 at home against Hoffenheim. van Buskirk was unable to score a goal, but was extremely active in Siegen's offense before leaving in the 87th minute with the game well in hand. Lukin and Norkus again did not play for Siegen.

Also in the German Cup, FC St. Pauli of the third division fell 3-2 in overtime to fellow Hanseactic town VfB Lübeck of the Second Bundesliga. U.S. defender Cory Gibbs tied the game 2-2 for St. Pauli with a goal in the 111th minute and also received a yellow card in the match.

Gibbs sat out the final part of his two-game suspension and watched St. Pauli lose 1-0 Werder Bremen Amateurs in league play.

American midfielder Joe Enochs went the distance for VfL Osnabrück of the Second Bundesliga in a 1-0 road loss Jahn Regensburg. Enochs had an opportunity to score late, but his left-footed shot from just outside of the box was turned away by the Regensburg keeper. Osnabrück (2-5-4, 10) remains in the early relegation zone.

American defender Pellegrino (Rino) Matarazzo came in for the final eight minutes for Preußen Münster lost 1-0 on the road to Chemnitzer FC Saturday in Regionalliga Nord.

SV Elversberg went on the road and won 3-1 over Kaiserslautern Amateurs in Regionalliga Sued. Americans Tim Lawson and Grover Gibson started for Elversberg with U.S. World Cup veteran Michael Mason entering in the 72nd minute. Gibson left after 67 minutes.

American Jonathan Cummins did not play in VfR Aalen's 5-2 win over VfB Stuttgart Amateurs Friday night

American Kevin Boyd did not play in FC Eschborn's 3-1 victory at Kickers Offenbach.

In France's Ligue 1, U.S. defender Greg Vanney went 90 minutes for Bastia which drew 1-1 with AC Ajaccio. According to French media accounts, Vanney had problems during the match and was the lowest rated player for Bastia which saw its one-goal lead disappear in the 74th minute.

In Belgium's Jupiler League, American defender Oguchi Onyewu came back after a one-match suspension and logged 90 minutes for La Louviere in a 2-1 loss at the hands of CS Bruges. Onyewu continued to be a physical presence and received a yellow card in the 23rd minute.

Defender Alexander Yi, Onyewu's friend and fellow veteran of the U.S. youth program, went 90 minutes for Antwerp which fell 3-1 to Racing Genk. Yi too earned a yellow card after just seven minutes.

In Denmark's SAS Ligaen, American defender Wade Barrett was one of the best players for AGF Aarhus which won 2-1 at Frem.

In Norway's Tippeligaen, American Robbie Russell played the whole game for Sogndal in a season-ending 3-2 loss to Molde. Sogndal finished 9-9-8 with 35 points for eighth place among 14 clubs.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent and can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com. Harris King, an American from South Carolina, has lived in Germany for five years. The Business English lecturer at the University of Bamberg can be e-mailed at ohk4@hotmail.com.

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