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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.

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.

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

    Americans Abroad

    Cherundolo, Mathis will get new coach at Hannover 96.

    By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
    and Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)

    (Monday, March 8, 2004) -- United States striker Clint Mathis and defender Steve Cherundolo will have a new coach at Hannover 96.

    After dropping its third straight German Bundesliga match, 1-0 to host Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hannover fired coach Ralf Rangnick yesterday. A replacement is expected to be named during the week.

    On Saturday, Hannover central defender Abel Xavier allowed Gladbach's Igor Demo to head home a free kick in the 25th minute.

    Mathis, who has become the team's playmaker since arriving seven games ago, and Cherundolo started with Cherundolo being given the captain's armband because Kostas Konstanidis was suspended for the match. Hannover had few chances in the game and gave the appearance of a team that seemed confused and tired.

    Despite his four goals, Hannover is 1-4-2 since Mathis arrived during the winter break, falling to 6-11-6 with 24 points, tied with Gladbach and Kaiserslautern for 13th place, but only one point above the relegation zone. For several weeks, Hannover's front-office chaos has been in the league's spotlight. Mathis' impressive effort had been overshadowed by the back and forth between Rangnick and president Martin Kind.

    Rangnick was dismissed a week after Kind said on national television that Rangnick would be retained for the remainder of his contract that ran through next season. The fans, media and his fellow coaches had, for the most part, supported Rangnick and been critical of what they perceived as lack of professionalism in the Hannover front office.

    Kaiserlautern comes to Hannover's Niedersachsenstadion Saturday.

    In the 2Bundesliga, American defender Tony Sanneh, who has not played since December 7, 2002 because of a serious nerve problem in his back, has been in full training with FC Nürnberg since the beginning of February. Though team sources have expressed doubt he will see action in Germany this season, U.S. coach Bruce Arena called him in to Florida for the training camp that precedes Saturday's friendly against Haiti at Miami's Orange Bowl.

    American striker Conor Casey was ejected with two yellow cards for Karlsruher SC which traveled to Burghausen on the Bavarian\Austrian border for a 0-0 draw on a frigid Friday night.

    Karlsruhe played defensively, hoping to score on the counterattack . The strategy was effective in shutting down Burghausen's offense, but Karlsruhe also produced few chances to score. Overall, the play was tentative on both sides and was reflective of two teams playing on a frozen pitch in sub-zero temperatures.

    Casey had one chance to score in the 59th minute, but he just missed getting his head on a Marcus Engelhardt free kick. In the scene, Casey led with his left arm which subsequently struck Burghausen's charging goalkeeper Kay Wehner in the face, breaking his nose. Casey was issued a yellow card and sent to the showers having already been cautioned earlier.

    For being sent off, Casey will miss next Monday's nationally televised game against FSV Mainz 05.

    Energie Cottbus and U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter put together their best effort in several weeks and vaulted into first place with a 3-1 victory over Oberhausen. Cottbus (12-6-5, 41), which has won two straight and four of its last five, slipped one point ahead of Nürnberg (11-5-7) which tied Fuerst 2-2 on the road. Oberhausen (11-6-5) trails Cottbus by three points, but has a game in hand.

    Berhalter started in central defense and went 90 minutes while anchoring the strong effort in back. Oberhausen's only goal was on a penalty kick after a controversial call in the 86th minute.

    After losing 1-0 at Erzgebirge Aue (6-9-8, 26) yesterday in a must-win situation, VfL Osnabrück captain, American midfielder Joe Enochs, and his teammates will need a miracle to remain in the 2Bundesliga. Osnabrück (5-13-5, 20) is in last place and seven points from escaping the relegation zone.

    Yesterday's game was marked by nervous, tentative play, with both teams being seemingly paralyzed from the pressure of fighting for survival in the league. Enochs moved forward in the midfield to make up for the loss of Guido Spork, who sat out the first game of a four-match suspension.

    Aue's goal came in the 87th minute off a headed corner by Nikolce Noveski.

    Germany's Regionalliga (third division) was once again plagued by snow this weekend, but all of the teams with Americans, except Sportfreunde Siegen with John van Buskirk and Eric Lukin, were in action.

    In the Regionallliga Nord, new arrival Ian Joy started in defense and went the distance for Hamburger SV Amateurs in a 3-2 road decision over Wattenscheid.

    American striker Jacob Thomas of Eintracht Braunschweig played 90 minutes in his team's 1-1 draw at home with Holsten Kiel.

    American defender Pellegrino Matarazzo was injured and unavailable for Preussen Münster which drew 2-2 at home to Dynamo Dresden yesterday.

    In Regionalliga Süd, Americans Grover Gibson and Tim Lawson, and former U.S. international Michael Mason all started and went the distance for SV Elversberg in a 4-1 home loss to VfB Stuttgart Amateurs.

    Elversberg was never in the game and only managed to get on the scoresheet in the 86th minute when Mason scored.

    American Jonathan Cummins of VfR Aalen did not see action in his team's 3-3 draw away to Bayern Munich Amateurs in a game that featured one own goal and three goals scored from the penalty 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. Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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