U.S. men's schedule, results
Spurs ride Keller hot streak to middle of Premier League table.
Cherundolo avoids bench and helps Hannover draw 1-1 with 1860 München.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, October 28, 2003) -- Many expected American right-side defender Steve Cherundolo to be relegated to the Hannover 96 bench in favor of converted midfielder Daniel Stefulj after a best-forgotten sub-par effort last week in a 6-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. Instead, Cherundolo went the distance and turned in a solid effort at right midfield as Hannover drew 1-1 with 1860 München.
Cherundolo had a great opportunity to score his first Bundesliga goal. In the 15th minute, he intercepted a long pass at midfield in front of two 1860 München players and, after pushing the ball forward and around the last defender, found himself in the penalty area with only the goalkeeper between him and the back of the net. After pulling his low shot wide of the goal, his disappointment was evident as he fell to his knees in frustration. He received a yellow card in the match.
In the 2Bundesliga, U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter had an unusual night on German national television last night when Energie Cottbus, reduced to nine players, lost to FSV Mainz 05 4-1.
After taking a 1-0 lead, Cottbus had two players sent off by the 28th minute and conceded a tying goal, all within a six-minute span. The equalizer came on a retaken penalty kick after the first attempt was missed.
After going down two players, Cottbus put forth a valiant effort, but was overmatched. Berhalter received the captain's arm band after the second ejection and was arguably Cottbus's best player for the remaining time, a views shared by the German commentator who constantly praised him. Berhalter received a yellow card 20 seconds before the final whistle.
American Conor Casey and Aydin Cetin, his Karlsruher SC up front partner, were both substituted out in the 55th minute of a 1-0 triumph over Fuerth after not being able to produce any offense of note. Casey put in another workman like effort, but received little help from his teammates. Mario Eggimann's headed in the winner off a corner in the second minute of extra time.
American midfielder Joe Enochs prevailed in a hard fought 2-1 victory against SpVgg Unterhaching. Enochs was directly involved with Osnabrück's tying goal when he took a left-footed shot at the edge of the box that instead ended up at the feet of his teammate Anel Dzaka who calmly put it past the keeper. Enochs left the game after 58 minutes and Osnabrück scored the go-ahead goal on Benjamin Schübler's close-range shot in the 90th minute.
In the third-division Regionalliga Nord, U.S. defender Cory Gibbs didn't dress for St. Pauli's 4-0 decision over visiting 1. FC Köln Amateurs because he was serving the first part of a two-game suspension for "verbally attacking" the referee during St. Pauli's 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund Amateurs October 15. For using profanity after having received his second yellow card of the game, Gibbs was also fined 1000 euros ($1,171).
Morad Bounoua scored all four goals against Köln
The second game of Gibbs' suspension will be served against the amateurs of Werder Bremen but will not affect his availability against VFB Lübeck midweek in the DFB Pokal (German Cup).
Also in Reginalliga Nord, American Jacob Thomas was in the starting lineup for TSV Eintracht Braunschweig in the game against VFR Neumünster that ended 1-1 after Braunschweig's Jürgen Rische found net in extra time. Thomas was substituted out of the game in the 70th minute.
In the third-division Regionalliga Süd, American Tim Lawson and former U.S. national-teamer Michael Mason started for SV Elversberg which edged Stuttgarter Kickers 1-0. Lawson went the full 90 minutes while Mason was replaced in the 61st minute by Ali Nuhic who scored the game-winner three minutes later. American defender Grover Gibson did not play for Elversberg..
American defender John van Buskirk of Sportfreunde Siegen went the distance in a 2-0 win over FC Augsburg. With a solid defensive effort and two early goals, the players from Siegen were able to return home with their first road victory in 23 games.
In the 64th minute, van Buskirk had the chance to put his team up 3-0, but his header was stopped with an outstanding effort by the Augsburg keeper. For the rest of the game, van Buskirk concentrated on stopping Augsburg's striker Miguel Coulibaly, who was unable to make any positive contributions to his team's offense after enetering the game in the 63rd minute.
Americans Eric Lukin and Joshua Caleb Norkus did not play for Siegen.
American Jonathan Cummins of VfR Aalen joined the fray in the 81st minute with his team trailing 2-0 against SC Pfullendorf. This is how the game ended.
American Kevin Boyd did not play for FC Eschborn's 4-1 decision over Kaiserslautern Amateurs.
Defender Pellegrino (Rino) Matarazzo, who grew up in New Jersey and played at Columbia University, now plays for Preußen Münster which is 17th among 18 teams. He entered in the 73rd minute and saw Münster concede a goal in stoppage time in a 1-1 draw with KFC Uerdingen 05.
In France, U.S. defender Greg Vanney played 90 minutes for Bastia which drew 1-1 at host Le Mans.
In Belgium, Alex Yi played the full game for Royal Antwerp which defeated Lierse 3-1. Another young American defender, Oguchi Oneywu was serving a one-match suspension when La Louviere defeated Racing Genk 5-2.
In Norway, American Robbie Russell went the distance for Sogndal which probably lost its last hope of qualifying for next year's UEFA Cup by losing to Bodø/Glimt 3-0.
On the injury front, U.S. World Cup veterans, midfielder\defender John O'Brien (knee and Achilles heel) of Ajax in the Netherlands and defender Tony Sanneh (back) of Germany's FC Nürnberg continue to rehabilitate their respective injuries. O'Brien seems nearer to returning to action than Sanneh, but both are still a long way from coming back.