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Sanneh appears ready to leave FC Nürnberg.

Casey signs to play for Mainz in 1Bundesliga.

Casey scores key goal that keeps Karlsruhe in 2Bundesliga.

Howard becomes first American to win FA Cup in Man. United's triumph.

Matarazzo helps Münster escape relegation zone in Regionalliga Nord.

Berhalter has surgery for broken nose, cheekbone.

McBride scores two goals to lead Fulham past Bolton 2-0.

Manchester United fans want Howard to start in FA Cup final.

Russell is victim of racial attack during game in Norway.

Howard starts again and Manchester United draws 1-1 with Chelsea.

With Mathis back in starting 11, Hannover blanks Frankfurt 3-0.

Americans Abroad

Van Buskirk scores in Siegen swan song, a 4-0 win over Mainz.

By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
SoccerTimes

(Monday, June 7, 2004) -- American striker John van Buskirk scored a goal in his last appearance wearing a Sportfreunde Siegen jersey, a convincing 4-0 victory at home against the FSV Mainz 05 Amateurs in Germany's third-division Regionalliga Süd.

The goal was van Buskirk's 14th of the season, but that was not enough to prevent his team from being relegated to the fourth division with a 10-17-7 record and 37 points. His strong play, however, did draw the attention of and a contract from recently promoted Rot-Weiss Erfurt and van Buskirk will be making a move back to Germany's 2Bundesliga after spending the last four seasons with Siegen in the Regionalliga.

Before joining Siegen, van Buskirk spent four years with KFC Uerdingen 05, three of which were in the 2Bundesliga and one in the 1Bundesliga.

SV Elversberg, having already avoided relegation, ended the season with a 5-0 loss on the road to 1. SC Feucht. Former U.S. international Michael Mason and American midfielder Grover Gibson started and played a half for Elversberg, while American Tim Lawson sat out, suspended after having received two yellow cards in last week's play.

Elversberg (11-12-11, 44 points) finished the season tied for 11th place among 16 teams.

American striker Jonathan Cummings did not play in VfR Aalen's 4-1 home victory over Rot-Weiss. Aalen (14-11-9, 51) finished the season sixth in the table.

In the Regionalliga Nord, American defender Pellegrino Matarazzo and Preussen Münster avoided relegation in the last game of the season by winning 1-0 at home against Wattenscheid 09.

Münster (10-12-12, 42) started the game in the relegation zone, one point behind Wattenscheid, but finished tied for 12th, after a goal by Martin Hauswald in the 45th minute. Münster's defense, anchored by Matarazzo, took over from there.

The bottom four of 18 teams were relegated.

Matarazzo is rumored to be moving to SV Wehen, where he had played before coming to Münster in August 2003. Wehen (12-9-13, 49) finished seventh in the Regionalliga Süd this season and has announced that many changes will be made to the roster for next season.

American striker Jacob Thomas of Eintracht Braunschweig was eligible to play after serving his four-game suspension, but did not see action in his team's 3-2 home victory against FC St. Pauli. Braunschweig (15-12-7, 52) finished the season in sixth place.

American defender Ian Joy was once again not fit to play for the visiting Hamburg SV Amateurs who won 2-0 to regional rivals Werder Bremen Amateurs. After spending most of the season in or near the relegation zone, Hamburg (11-12-11, 44) finished the season with three straight victories which left it tied for eighth in the final standings.


In Norway, American Robbie Russell scored for Sogndal in the 36th minute against Molde, but for the second week in a row his team gave up a late goal and the match ended a 1-1 draw. Sogndal (1-5-4, 7) currently sits in last place in the Tippaligaen, the Norwegian primary division.

Recent press reports have indicated that Norwegian power Rosenborg (4-2-4, 16) is interested in the 25-year-old defender. If a transfer is completed, Russell would jump from the bottom of the table to a team always in contention for the league championship and currently three points out of first place.

American attacker Brian West set up both Fredrikstad goals -- the second on a rebound of his free kick -- but FFK gave up three late goals and lost 3-2 to Lyn.

Brian Waltrip, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2000, but never played in Major League Soccer, and last year was in the lower divisions in Portugal, signed with Norwegian side FK Mandalskameratene. The team said the attacker had not played competitively in some time and is far from match-fit, thus he is undergoing a special fitness program.

Sweden's first division, the Allsvenskan, is off until June 30 to accommodate Euro 2004. There is no break for the second-division Superettan, however, and host Boden (0-3-5, 5), with its trio of Americans, remained winless with its fourth straight draw, 1-1 with Häcken (3-0-4).

MLS veteran defender Brian Dunseth played a fine 90 minutes for Boden while midfielder Leighton O'Brien made his first start of the season and went the distance. Midfielder Steve Shak, nursing a bad knee, did not dress.

In France, American defender Oguchi Onyewu's future is unclear. Onyewu, who played well this season for La Louviere of Belgium on loan from France's Metz, was considered likely to be recalled by Metz when a late-season surge allowed the club to avoid relegation.

Now, Metz says it has no plans to recall Onyewu. According to a team press release, with Onyewu, "not being in (coach) Jean Fernandez's plans, the American should be loaned out again next year or sold if the opportunity presents itself."

La Louviere would like to have him back and is talking to Metz about extending the loan arrangement for another season.

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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