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  • Casey signs to play for Mainz in 1Bundesliga.

    Americans Abroad

    Sanneh appears ready to leave FC Nürnberg.

    By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
    SoccerTimes

    (Tuesday, June 1, 2004) -- United States defender\midfielder Tony Sanneh's days in Nürnberg, Germany, appear to be numbered.

    FC Nürnberg, which won the 2Bundesliga and was promoted to the first division, offered Sanneh a new contract at a reduced salary, but with the opportunity to increase his pay through incentive clauses. Sanneh, who is with the U.S. men preparing for tomorrow night's friendly against Honduras at Gillette Stadium outside Boston, asked for additional time to consider the offer, the second time he has requested an extension.

    The Nürnberg management, feeling it had stood by Sanneh during his long rehabilitation from a serious nerve injury in his back, expressed surprise at Sanneh's reaction and withdrew the club's offer.

    When Sanneh came off the bench April 12 to help Nürnberg defeat Eintracht Trier 3-1, it was his first appearance with his team since December 7, 2002.

    SC Freiburg of the 1Bundesliga considered signing Sanneh, but did not meet the Minnesota native's demands.


    Kicker magazine reported that Rainer Calmund, the manager of the 1Bundesliga's Bayer Leverkusen, flew to Boston today to finalize plans to bring striker\midfielder Landon Donovan back to Germany in January of 2005. Leverkusen owns the rights to Donovan, who has been on loan to the San Jose Earthquakes since the 2001 Major League Soccer season. Since then, Donovan, 22, was a star in the U.S. 2002 World Cup effort as well as with the Earthquakes.

    Yesterday, U.S. forward Conor Casey moved up to the 1Bundesliga when he was sent to newly-promoted FSV Mainz 05 from the second division's Karlsruher SC for a reported $366,000 transfer fee. Casey, 22, led Karlsruhe with 14 goals, the last coming in the 1-0 season-closing victory over visiting Alemannia Aachen that allowed Karlsruhe to remain in the 2Bundesliga.

    How Casey, the University of Portland product who signed a three-year contract, will fit into the team has yet to be determined. Present Mainz starting forward Benjamin Auer, whose game is similar to Casey's, is rumored to be moving to Bayer Leverkusen. Auer is a member of Germany's team in the current European Under-21 Championship, scoring twice in two games, and Leverkusen is waiting for the competition to end before making a final decision.

    With U.S. striker\midfielder Clint Mathis and defender Steve Cherundolo at Hannover 96, there could be five Americans in the 1Bundesliga for the 2004-05 season. U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter just missed a return to the 1Bundesliga after Energie Cottbus missed promotion, tied with Mainz for third place, the final promotion spot, but seven worse in goal differential.

    Germany's third-division Regionalliga has two weekends of games remaining.

    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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