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    Americans Abroad

    Keller is paying big dividends, 'Gladbach wins again.

    By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
    SoccerTimes

    (Tuesday, September 27, 2005) -- United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller might be one of the best bargains found in the German Bundesliga in many years.

    Obtained by Borussia Moenchengladbach as a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur of England's Premier League, Keller was honored as last week's Bundesliga "Player of the Week" by the authoritative Kicker magazine. And he's made his case that he should again receive that honor this week when he and Moenchengladbach blanked Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 Saturday.

    Keller has helped Moenchengladbach shake off a slow start and climb to seventh place with a 3-2-2 record and 11 points. The club, which suffered a rash of early-season injuries, is now getting its players back healthy and looks to be in the thick of things for earning a place in next season's UEFA Cup competition.

    The Kicker honor came after Moenchengladbach notched a 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen Tuesday. Bremen (5-1-1, 16 points) came into the match undefeated, in second place and leading the Bundesliga with 19 goals. Keller was at his best stopping a number of dangerous shots, including a pair from Miroslav Klose.

    The fired-up Keller even received a yellow card in the 87th minute.

    Saturday, Keller shutout woeful Bielefeld 2-0, setting the tone for the match with an early save on a Michael Fink blast.

    Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 dropped a pair of matches, falling 4-2 to VfL Wolfsburg and 2-0 to Schalke 04.

    Cherundolo went the distance in both matches at right back and, in neither one, was the Hannover defense very impressive. Against Wolfsburg, Hannover gave up all four goals in the first half.

    On the road against a strong Schalke side, Hannover played better. Two minutes after Cassio Lincoln scored in the 59th minute, Cherundolo fouled him in the penalty area, but Lincoln's weak penalty effort was straight at Hannover keeper Robert Enke.

    In 2.Bundesliga action, U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter and Energie Cottbus sit atop the standings after a 1-0 decision over SVW Burghausen.

    Berhalter was solid, especially in the second half as Cottbus protected its narrow lead in the second division. Cottbus (5-1-1, 16) leads second-place VfL Bochum (4-0-3) by a point.


    U.S. defender-midfielder John O'Brien is injured again. According to his club, ADO Den Haag, he pulled a groin muscle Friday in training. There is no word yet on the seriousness of this setback for the oft-injured O'Brien.

    On Wednesday, it was a huge match for O'Brien and ADO as they traveled to Amsterdam to play his old team Ajax in what is probably the bitterest rivalry in the Dutch Eredivisie. The match had been rescheduled when the Amsterdam police said they could not provide enough officers for crowd control on the original date last month.

    O'Brien started and had an average match as ADO fell behind 2-0. He was replaced by an additional striker in the 66th minute after Ajax's Johnny Heitinga was shown a red card. ADO then was able to take advantage of the one-man advantage and scored twice in stoppage time for a 2-2 draw in a the hotly-contested match.

    U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played 77 minutes and delivered a corner kick that led to the first goal of PSV Eindhoven's easy 2-0 triumph over RBC Roosendaal.

    Beasley came out for a little additional rest for PSV's critical midweek trip to Istanbul to meet Fenerbahçe in the European Champions League.


    In Belgium Sunday, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu lasted only 23 minutes of Standard Liege's 2-2 draw with G. Beerschot. Onyewu was ejected with a red card when he tried to leap over a fallen player, but came down with one foot on the opponent's chest though he appeared to try to twist his body to avoid contact.

    Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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