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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.

Friedel saves Rovers' badly needed 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, giving Souness respite.

Keller lives nightmare, Spurs are eliminated by Man. City 4-3 in FA Cup; Bocanegra excels for Fulham.

McBride, Mathis score key goals in European debuts.

Reyna, Keller meeting in FA Cup produces a draw; they'll try again.

Mathis, West sign overseas; Gibbs doesn't.

McBride spurns Rovers, joins Bocanegra at Fulham.

Manchester United, Howard are stunned by lowly Wolves 1-0.

Bocanegra joins Fulham after winning work permit appeal.

Reyna injures leg early as Manchester City draws 1-1 with Charlton.

Howard's saves help Manchester United overcome Aston Villa 2-1 in FA Cup.

Kirovski, Birmingham win duel with Reyna, Manchester City 2-1.

Marcus Hahnemann Q&A

Americans Abroad

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

Tony Sanneh
Tony Sanneh has been slow to recover from a serious nerve injury to his back.
By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
SoccerTimes

(Monday, February 23, 2004) -- Things are not looking good for United States World Cup star Tony Sanneh.

One of the most impressive Americans in the surprising run to the 2002 Cup quarterfinals, Sanneh has yet to play for 1. FC Nürnberg in Germany's 2Bundesliga. The defender has been suffering from a serious nerve injury in his back and his return has been repeatedly delayed. Now, Kicker Online reports Sanneh is probably done for the season.

Meanwhile, U.S. striker Clint Mathis continued his scoring streak, but his goal was not enough to prevent Hannover 96 from falling 3-1 at Hansa Rostock Saturday in the 1Bundesliga.

As has come to be expected of late, the Hannover defense was disorganized but, on Saturday, the offense was hardly present either. The only positive was Mathis' best goal yet. He was again instinctively in the right place, this time at the edge of the box to hammer a volley inside the left post off a deflected cross from teammate Mohammadou Idrissou.

At the time, Hannover was already trailing 2-0, but any hope his teammates might have had after drawing to within one goal was quickly extinguished a minute later when Rostock's Martin Max put the game of reach with his second goal of the game.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo found himself on the Hannover bench after last week's poor effort. Hannover also had to do without the services of Thomas Bdaric and Nebojsa Krupnikovic who both sat out a yellow card suspension. Hannover (6-9-6, 24 points) fell to 12th in the league and will need a good effort against 17th place Hertha Berlin next weekend at home to avoid moving any closer to the relegation zone.

For the second game in a row, VfL Osnabrück, with captain and midfielder Joe Enochs, put in a strong effort in 2Bundesliga play. In front of 14,000 crazed Mardi Gras fans Friday night, Osnabrück put nine men back for much of the evening and came away with 0-0 draw to host FSV Mainz 05.

Osnabrück, which has not conceded a goal in 230 minutes, even had a chance at sneaking away with the victory late in the game, but Guido Spork was unable to put it between the posts of a wide-open goal after having beaten the keeper.

After the game, Enochs was still bleeding after a late hit to the nose that left his jersey more red than its original white. He was clearly disappointed not to get a win, but is feeling a little more confident about the team's prospects of avoiding relegation.

Coach Frank Pagelsdorf, expressed satisfaction with gaining a point on the road against one of the league's top clubs.

Next weekend, Osnabrück hosts Energie Cottbus, but Enochs will be on the bench, suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card. He will have to sit out the duel against his friend and fellow American, defender Gregg Berhalter. When the U.S. played the Netherlands February 18 in Amsterdam, Enochs went as a guest of Berhalter, who started in the 1-0 Dutch victory.

Cottbus will be looking to rebound from its 3-1 drubbing at home at the hands of 1. FC Nürnberg. Berhalter was credited with the Cottbus goal, albeit a fluke, from a goal-mouth scramble in the 20th minute.

Nürnberg went ahead 2-0 on a pair of goals by Marek Mintal in the first 13 minutes. After Berhalter's tally, Cottbus never seriously challenged

Cottbus (10-6-5, 35 points) is in third place, still in line for promotion back to the top flight, coach Eduard Geyer has expressed grave doubts about the team's chances.

American Conor Casey played a role in fellow striker Ivan Saenko's game-winner for Karlsruher SC which didn't put in its best effort, but still emerged victorious 1-0 at home against LR Ahlen.

As has been the case recently, Karlsruhe was unable to capitalize on several chances. Casey had at least two opportunites in front of the goal, but lacked the last touch necessary to put the ball into the net. In the 46th minute, however, he drew two defenders toward him, thus leaving fellow striker Ivan Saenko open for the decisive tally.

Karlsruhe (9-8-4, 31) moved up to sixth place in the league with the victory, four points behind Cottbus for the last promotion spot.

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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