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With Sanneh in form, FC Nürnberg secures promotion, nears title.

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    Americans Abroad

    Berhalter has surgery for broken nose, cheekbone.

    Gregg Berhalter
    Gregg Berhalter is expected to be out at least six weeks after having surgery to repair a broken nose and cheekbone.
    -- FC Energie Cottbus web site photo --
    By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)
    Special to SoccerTimes

    (Monday, May 17, 2004) -- United States defender Gregg Berhalter of Energie Cottbus underwent surgery to repair a broken nose and cheekbone yesterday, hours after he was injured in a 2-0 loss of a must-win game against host SpVgg Unterhaching in Germany's 2Bundesliga.

    In the 55th minute, Berhalter received an elbow to the nose from teammate Zsolt Löw when both jumped to head a loose ball. Berhalter gushed blood and was taken to a hospital in Munich for his operation

    Cottbus hopes for promotion to the 1Bundesliga were also dealt a blow. The top three teams are promoted, but Cottbus (14-10-9, 51 points), with one game remaining, is tied for fourth with Mainz (12-6-15), though Cottbus is only plus-5 in goal differential to plus-12 for Mainz. Third-place Alemannia Aachen is 15-10-8 with 53 points, but only plus-1 in goal differential, meaning Cottbus, to earn promotion, must win at home against Jahn Regensburg Saturday while Aachen and Mainz must draw or lose.

    Berhalter won't be available for the season finale, but could also miss the U.S. men's opening World Cup qualifying series against Grenada June 13 and 20. The Cottbus media speculated that Berhalter would miss at least six weeks.

    Cottbus coach Eduard Geyer was said he did not like his team's chances for promotion, but expected his players to play with heart in their last game. Geyer had no explanation on why his team had earned only six points in its last eight games after challenging for the league title for most of the season..


    Hannover 96 guaranteed it will remain in Germany's 1Bundesliga for another season with a 0-0 home draw with VfL Wolfsburg Saturday.

    United States defender Steve Cherundolo of was back in the Hannover starting lineup despite having been heavily criticized by coach Ewald Lienen for a red-card ejection two weeks ago and the American helped solidify the defense against one of the league's most potent offenses.

    U.S. striker Clint Mathis also started for Hannover, but his effort was sporadic, as was that of the entire Hannover offense. He did just miss scoring in the fifth minute after his header went barely wide of the right post.

    Hannover (9-14-10, 37 points) is in 12th place league and will finish the season Saturday.


    U.S. defender Tony Sanneh and his 1. FC Nürnberg teammates could relax yesterday, having already won the 2Bundesliga and earned promotion. The result was a 3-1 home loss against to Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. Nonetheless, players, fans and management celebrated after the game.

    U.S. striker Conor Casey contributed an assist to Karlsruher SC which drew 2-2 on the road to Union Berlin yesterday which means the team will go into the final weekend trying to stave off relegation to the third-division Regionalliga. This is third year in a row that Karlsruhe's fortunes will be decided on the last weekend of the season. Presently, Karlsruhe (10-13-10, 40) is one point above the relegation zone in 14th place.

    Lübeck and Regensburg, both 9-12-12, trail Karlsruhe by only a point, but Karlsruhe can clinch safety by defeating Aachen Sunday. If Karlsruhe draws or loses and either Lübeck or Regensburg win, Karlsruhe will be demoted

    Casey was once again a large part of the Karlsruhe effort and set up the first score with a perfect pass in the box to teammate Ivan Saenko. Casey also barely missed scoring in the second half when his shot from close range went over the crossbar.

    American midfielder Joe Enochs and VfL Osnabrück hosted Arminia Bielefeld yesterday and managed a hard-fought 0-0 draw against the hottest team in the 2Bundesliga. However, for the second week in a row, the visitor was the team celebrating after the game as Bielefeld, like Nürnberg the week before, was able to clinch its spot in Germany's first division for next year. Enochs went the distance for Osnabrück.

    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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