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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.

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

    Americans Abroad

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

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

    (Monday, March 15, 2004) -- United States striker Clint Mathis and defender Steve Cherundolo both went the distance, but Hannover 96, playing for the first time under new coach Ewald Lienen, came up a 1-0 loser to FC Kaiserslautern in a meeting of teams threatened with relegation from the German 1Bundesliga.

    Lienen's philosophy for his new team is to find the right balance between offensive and defensive soccer: On Saturday, everything went as planned, except for the result. Hannover controlled the entire match, outshooting its guest 29-3 and several times had chances to score, only to be stopped by a post, the crossbar or Kaiserslautern goalkeeper Tim Wiese, who was voted "Man of the Match."

    Mathis testing Wiese on six different occasions, but Kaiserslautern (9-12-3. 30 points) was able to sneak away with the victory on goal by Marian Hristov in the 62nd minute. Hannover (6-12-6, 24) moved into to the relegation zone for the first time this season, tied with Borussia Mönchengladbach for 15th place, but four behind in goal differential.

    First-place Energie Cottbus and its U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter traveled across the country as the 2Bundesliga leader for a Friday night game against relegation bound LR Ahlen ,but returned in second place after a 0-0 draw.

    Berhalter anchored the central defense for 90 minutes and was even more important in the last 20 minutes after fellow central defender Christian Beeck was ejected. Cottbus (12-6-6, 42) slipped one point behind FC Nürnberg (12-5-7), a 2-0 winner over Duisburg, but three points clear of Oberhausen (11-7-6) and four points ahead of Aachen (11-8-5). The top three teams are promoted.

    American midfielder Joe Enochs and the rest of his VfL Osnabrück teammates will have to start preparing themselves for the possibility of making the return to the third-division Regionalliga Nord after losing at home 1-0 to Greuther Fürth Sunday.

    Fürth scored in the 17th minute and then preserved the victory with defensive play the rest of the way. Osnabrück was never able to threaten in the game and put up a zero on the scoresheet for the fourth game in succession.

    After the game Osnabrück captain Enochs was the only one to thank the fans for their support. The rest of his teammates disappeared as quickly as possible into the lockerroom. Osnabrück (5-14-5, 20) remains in last place, nine points adrift of the safety of 14th place.

    American striker Conor Casey of Karlsruher SC sat out Monday's nationally televised home game against FSV Mainz 05 after last week's ejection for two yellow cards. Karlsruhe (9-8-7, 34) is in seventh place after taking a 1-0 lead in the 88th minute, only to be tied in extra time.

    In the Regionalliga Nord, American defender Ian Joy was inserted into the lineup in the 57th minute and helped Hamburger SV Amateurs preserve a 1-0 victory over city rival RC St. Pauli, the former employer of U.S. defender Cory Gibbs.

    Despite being called on for defense, Joy had open shot on goal in the 74th minute, but was unable to convert. Joy also received a yellow card.

    Hamburg (7-8-7, 28) is in 10th place. As an amateur side to a Bundesliga club, the "young talents," as they are called at the Hamburger SV web site, can be relegated, but cannot be promoted.

    American defender Pelegrino Matarazzo of Preussen Münster is still recovering from a knee injury and didn't see action this week. Münster (4-9-8, 20) drew on the road 0-0 to Sachsen Leipzig and remains in 17th place in the 18-team league, only four points below safety.

    American striker Jacob Thomas and Eintracht Braunschweig traveled to Rot-Weiss Essen and came home on the losing end after the 1-0 score. Thomas came on in the 55th minute for Braunschweig (8-10-4, 28) which is in ninth place.

    In Regionalliga Süd, Americans Grover Gibson and Tim Lawson, and former U.S. international Michael Mason all went the distance for SV Elversberg in a 2-0 home loss to FSV Mainz 05 Amateurs.

    Elversberg put in a weak effort for the second game in a row and could have lost by a larger score. Elversberg (8-6-7, 30) is in sixth place, five points from a promotion spot.

    American defender Eric Lukin of Sportfreunde Siegen did not travel for Friday night's game against VfR Aalen because of a red-card suspension. Teammate and fellow American John van Buskirk did make the trip, but did not see action until the 70th minute, too late to make a difference in the 2-0 loss.

    The defeat was the fourth in a row for Siegen (6-12-3, 21), now in 17th place and in serious danger of being relegated to the Oberliga. American Jonathan Cummings did not see action for Aalen.

    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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