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Meeting between trio of U.S. field players produces drab 0-0 draw between Man. City, Fulham.

Mathis assists goal, but Hannover squanders two leads in 2-2 draw with Schalke.

Friedel is sharp in Rovers' 2-0 win over Aston Villa; Howard sits for Man. U.

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

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

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.

Americans Abroad

Casey scores twice in Karlsruhe loss, then debuts in style for U.S.

Conor Casey
Conor Casey has had a great week, scoring twice for Karlsruhe and making an impressive debut for the United States men
-- Karlsruher SC web site photo --
By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
Special to SoccerTimes

(Wednesday, March 31, 2004) -- For the third time this season, American striker Conor Casey of Karlsruher SC scored twice in a game, but his two tallies and an assist were not enough to prevent his club from suffering a 5-3 home loss to Erzgebirge Aue in Germany's 2Bundesliga Saturday.

Casey's first goal came on a header in the 22nd minute, but by this time his team was already down 4-0. Slowly but surely, however, Karlsruhe was able to scratch its way back into the game and, after an assist and a second strike by Casey, the home team was only down 4-3 with 20 mintues to play. Hope of earning a point or even the victory was dashed a little over 10 minutes later when Aue's striker Ronny Jank put the game out of reach in the 82nd minute on a header from close range.

The week got better for Casey, who made his first appearance for the United States men and started the sequence that led to DaMarcus Beasley's decisive tally in tonight's 1-0 road victory over Poland in a friendly.

With a trip relegation-threatened Greuther Fürth next, ninth-place Karlsruhe (9-10-7, 34 points) lost its second straight and is 0-2-3 in its last five.

In the 1Bundesliga, U.S. striker Clint Mathis came up empty on two scoring opportunities in Hannover 96's 1-1 draw with visiting Borussia Dortmund. Thomas Christiansen's penalty kick late in the game earned Hannover the tie.

Dortmund went ahead 1-0 in the 13th minute on a long-distance shot by German international Thorsten Frings and had many opportunities in the first half to put the game out of reach. Hannover emerged from the lockerroom a changed squad and immediately put Dortmund under pressure.

Both of Mathis's chances were free kicks that Dortmund goalkeeper Guillaume Warmuz was able to handle, the second of which Warmuz was just able to push past the right corner of the net.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo put in another solid 90 minutes at right back and appears to have won back the confidence of the fans. Hannover's defense as a whole has played with much more stability since Ewald Lienen took over the reins of the club. Nonetheless, Hannover (6-12-8, 26) remains in the relegation zone at 16th in the table. Eintracht Frankfurt (7-14-5) is in 15th, also with 26 points, but 13 better in goal differential. Next weekend, Hannover is on the road for a game against 12th place 1860 Munich.

Mathis and Cherundolo both started for the U.S. in tonight's win over Poland.

In the 2Bundesliga, VfL Osnabrück erased an early deficit and rallied for a 3-1 triumph over visiting VfB Lübeck, snapping a four-match losing streak. Osnabrück found itself down 1-0 on a goal by Florian Thorwart.

Even with the victory, Osnabrück (6-15-5, 23) is in last place by five points and seemingly headed for relegation to the Regionalliga. American midfielder Joe Enochs, the team captain, started and received a yellow card while leading the comeback. Next week, Osnabrück travels to Unterhaching, a team that hasn't won in eight weeks.

1. FC Nürnberg and Energie Cottbus have been trading first position in the 2Bundesliga and, following the weekend's action, they have identical 13-6-7 records and 46 points though Nürnberg holds the top spot with a substantially better goal differential. Nürnberg is plus-18 to plus-9 for Cottbus in goal difference.

Cottbus, with American Gregg Berhalter an integral part of the defense, lost sole ownership of first place with a 1-1 draw at Burghausen.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, Cottbus took control of the game after intermission, but was only able to score on Zsolt Löw's equalizer in the 74th minute despite having several chances. Berhalter played the full 90 minutes.

Nürnberg was able to jump to the top of the table with a 3-0 home victory against Unterhaching.

U.S. defender Tony Sanneh was dressed and on the bench for Nürnberg, but didn't see action. He did come on as a reserve for the U.S. in the second half against Poland. Berhalter started in the central defense for the Americans and made the first pass of three that led to Beasley's decisive goal.


In the third-division Regionalliga Süd, American striker John van Buskirk of Sportfreunde Siegen scored for the fourth time in five games as his team returned to life with a 5-1 shellacking of visiting 1. SC Feucht.

Van Buskirk's goal came off of a cross which he headed past the goalkeeper for his 10th goal of the season. Last week's report here of his having eight goals shorted him by one. SoccerTimes regrets the error.

American defender Eric Lukin did not see action for Siegen.

SV Elversberg played twice last week. In the first game March 23, former U.S. World Cupper Michael Mason started and scored his team's only goal in the in a 1-1 draw at SC Pfullendorf. Americans Grover Gibson, a defender, and forward Tim Lawson did not play with Gibson sitting out a suspension for his fifth yellow card.

On Saturday, Mason was once again the only American in the starting lineup and Elversberg drew 0-0 on the road to Rot-Weiss Essen.

American striker Jonathan Cummings of VfR Aalen came off the bench in the 81st minute to see action for the first time since October, but his team lost 3-0 to the Kaiserslautern Amateurs.

In the Regionalliga Nord, American defender Pellegrino Matarazzo of Preussen Münster put in a full 90 minutes Saturday for the first time since December in his team's heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at the hands of the 1. FC Köln Amateurs. Münster (4-10-10, 22) led with 15 minutes to play, but by conceding goals in the 76th and 90th minutes, Münster solidified its position in the relegation zone.

In a make-up game, Münster drew 1-1 on the road to the Borussia Dortmund Amateurs March 23. Matarazzo started and played 61 minutes before being replaced.

American striker Jacob Thomas and Eintracht Braunschweig fell 2-1 Saturday at SC Paderborn. Thomas was substituted into the game in the 62nd minute.

The "young talents" of Hamburger SV with American defender Ian Joy did not play this week. Their game with Wuppertaler SV was rescheduled for Tuesday.

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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