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Howard's days as Manchester United starter might be over.

Casey scores twice in Karlsruhe loss, then debuts in style for U.S.

Meeting between trio of U.S. field players produces drab 0-0 draw between Man. City, Fulham.

Mathis assists goal, but Hannover squanders two leads in 2-2 draw with Schalke.

Friedel is sharp in Rovers' 2-0 win over Aston Villa; Howard sits for Man. U.

Reyna, Manchester City romp over defenseless Manchester United 4-1.

Mathis, Cherundolo can't change Hannover fortunes under new coach.

After scoring thrilling tying goal, Lewis could be finished for North End season by hernia surgery.

Howard is beaten in last minute, Manchester United falls from Champions League.

Cherundolo, Mathis will get new coach at Hannover 96.

Manchester United, Howard prevail over Fulham, McBride in FA Cup.

Q&A: Mathis is enjoying Germany, looking to World Cup.

Casey scores twice as Karlsruhe ties Bielefeld 2-2.

McBride, Bocanegra lead Fulham past West Ham in FA Cup.

Sanneh expected to miss rest of German season; Mathis scores again.

Friedel scores tying goal for Blackburn, but is soon beaten by Charlton winner.

Mathis has goal, assist for Hannover in 2-2 draw with Leverkusen.

O'Brien appearance for U.S. in doubt because of hamstring injury.

Howard leads Man. U. past Reyna, Man. City 4-2 in FA Cup.

Hannover, with Mathis, Cherundolo, falls to Bayern Munich; Casey, Berhalter score in victories.

Americans Abroad

Cherundolo helps Hannover 96 to defeat 1860 München 2-0 and gain safety.

By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
Special to SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, April 6, 2004) -- Striker Clint Mathis had a rare off-game, but his United States men's teammate, Steve Cherundolo was solid for 90 minutes, helping Hannover 96 jump out of the 1Bundesliga relegation zone, winning for the first time in eight weeks by defeating 1860 München 2-0.

Hannover striker Thomas Bdaric scored once and barely missed on two other occasions while continuing to draw attention to himself for a potential spot on Germany's Euro 2004 squad. Dariusz Zuraw scored Hannover's other goal.

Mathis was replaced by Julian de Guzman in the 64th minute while Cherundolo continued to be an integral part of the resurrected Hannover defense that has allowed four goals in its last four games. He also picked up a yellow card.

Hannover (7-12-8, 29 points), 0-4-3 in its last seven outings, jumped to 13th in the league with the victory, three points above the relegation zone. It has a chance to move further up the table next week at home against last place 1. FC Köln.

After 37 minutes in Sunday's 2Bundesliga road game against SpVgg Unterhaching, American midfielderJoe Enochs and VfL Osnabrück were seemingly in a good position to pick up a much-needed second victory in as many weeks, but the last-place club fell 2-1.

The score was even at 1-1 and Unterhaching was down to nine players after two players were shown red cards within two minutes. Four minutes later, however, Enochs received a deserved red card after a reckless foul and Osnabrück was never able to recover, despite remaining a man up for the rest of the match. Osnabrück (6-16-5, 23 points) remains mired in last place and nine points from escaping the relegation zone.

Enochs received a two-game suspension for his foul and will not be available again until April 23 for the home game against Union Berlin.

With Sunday's 2-1 defeat away to Greuther Fürth, Karlsruher SC lost for the third week in a row and is now in real danger of being relegated to the Regionalliga. U.S. striker Conor Casey, a major contributor lately with three goals in his last two matches, was on the bench with a yellow-card suspension.

Karlsruhe (9-11-7, 34), currently two points clear of the relegation zone, will try to turn things around next week at home against MSV Duisburg.

Fans who tuned in the nationally televised game between Energie Cottbus and FSV Mainz 05 last night were subjected to a 0-0 draw. Mainz had a few more chances to score than did Cottbus, but the sloppy game was played mostly in the midfield.

In post-game comments, both coaches seemed more relieved that the game was over than upset over the play on the field. U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter played 90 minutes and his calming presence in central defense was one of the few bright spots for Cottbus.

Cottbus (13-6-8, 47) moved back into first place with the draw because 1. FC Nürnberg (13-7-7, 46) lost 2-1 in Friday night play on the road to Jahn Regensburg. U.S. defender Tony Sanneh did not make the hour-long trip down the autobahn for the game, but a few thousand Nürnberg fans did.

After the game violence erupted against the police and security personnel at the stadium, and a man sleeping in his car was attacked at an autobahn rest stop. The two separate incidents led to 28 Nürnberg fans spending the night in jail.

In the third-division Regionalliga Nord, American back Pellegrino Matarazzo of Preussen Münster put in a full 90 minutes for the second week in a row and was a big part of the stellar defensive effort in the 1-0 home victory against the Hamburger SV Amateurs. Tino Milde scored the game-winner in the 68th minute for the home side.

Münster (5-10-10, 25) won for the first time in five games and moved from 17th to 16th place in the table, four points from escaping the relegation zone. Matarazzo received his fifth yellow card of the season and will be suspended for next week's action against the Werder Bremen Amateurs.

Hamburg's American defender Ian Joy did not play after suffering a pulled muscle in a midweek regional Cup game against VfL Pinneberg. Hamburg (7-9-8, 29) is in 14th place, only two points clear of the relegation zone.

American striker Jacob Thomas played the first 60 minutes for Eintracht Braunschweig which drew 2-2 with the visiting Schalke 04 Amateurs Saturday. All four goals came in an exciting second half with Jürgen Rische, who was selected Regionalliga Nord ''Player of the Weekend'' by Kicker, tallying both goals for the home team. His second goal put Braunschweig on top with 16 minutes to play, but Schalke's Tamas Hajnal evened the score in the closing minutes.

In the Regionalliga Süd, SV Elversberg continued its dramatic fall from the top of the table to a tie for 12th place Saturday, host Elversberg lost 2-1 to Schweinfurt 05. Former U.S. international Michael Mason started and went the distance, while Americans Grover Gibson and Tim Lawson did not play, with Gibson on the bench due to a foot injury.

Elversberg (8-9-8, 32) has managed only two points in its last six games since the winter break and is now only three points above the relegation zone.

American striker John van Buskirk and visiting Sportfreunde Siegen were unable to follow up last week's strong play and lost 3-2 to the Stuttgarter Kickers. Siegen finished the game with two goals in the last 15 minutes, but was unable to overcome Mimes Misec's hat trick for the Kickers.

Van Buskirk played 90 minutes for Siegen, but American defender Eric Lukin did not see action.

American striker Jonathan Cummings of VfR Aalen did not play in a 1-1 draw on the road to Kickers Offenbach.

Harris King, an American from South Carolina, has lived in Germany for five years. He is a Business English lecturer at the University of Bamberg. E-mail Harris King.

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