White explodes for hat trick, Gueugnon drops Montpellier 3-0.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
| Jeremiah White's three goals helped Gueugnon reciver from a disappointing opening-day loss.|
-- Gueugnon web site photo --
(Sunday, August 6, 2006) -- Gueugnon was looking for a lift after dropping its French Ligue 2 opener and Jeremiah White provided it. The American striker found net three times, sending Gueugnon to a 3-0 victory at Montpellier Saturday.
After falling in its opener 1-0 at home to Metz, Gueugnon revamped its lineup with White, who plays both midfield and forward joining a three-man front line in a 3-4-3. The alterations paid off with White giving his side a 1-0 lead, putting away a cross in the third minute against Montpellier.
In the 25th minute, White beat goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier with a 35-yard free kick to make it 2-0.
In the 77th minute, White took advantage of a turnover and converted off a combination with Larsen Touré for a 3-0 advantage.
In climbing to 1-1, Gueugnon sent Montpellier to 0-2.
Reyna suffers injury
Manchester City lost the title of the World Series Tournament in Shanghai's Hong Kou Stadium today, but hopefully United States midfielder Claudio Reyna will not be lost for any significant period of time after injuring an ankle.
There was no immediate report as to the severity of Reyna's injury.
While some European leagues have begun play, the major ones, including the English Premier League, continue their preseason preparations.
Reyna recorded a pair of assists in the 4-3 setback to the Kashima Antlers, but was forced to leave the contest in the 63rd minute after being taken down on a nasty tackle by Fernando Almeida De Oliveira. City has been so besieged by injuries that City's 44-year-old manager Stuart Pearce named himself an eligible substitute for the final.
On Friday, City defeated the host Shenhua 1-0 with Reyna coming on in the 61st minute and playing an instrument role in preserving the victory in a strangely-officiated match.
The oddness started in the 71st minute when the Chinese fourth official would not allow Antoine Sibierski to enter for Manchester because he was wearing wristbands, even though at least seven Shenhua had wristbands on. In the 78th minute, City defender Ben Thatcher was sent off for pushing Shenhua's Sun Ji, who had just stomped on his foot.
With Reyna playing hard, City held off the Chinese side for the final 12 minutes.
Yesterday, Fulham traveled to Germany and defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 in the small town of Goch in the 5,000-seat Hubert Houben Stadion, home of the fifth-division SV Viktoria Goch.
The match, featuring three Americans, was not particularly well-played and turned on an own goal in the 51st minute.
Fulham allowed its World Cup players to report to camp almost three weeks late, so U.S. striker Brian McBride and defender Carlos Bocanegra were in training camp for only a week before their relief appearances yesterday. Bocanegra played the final 45 minutes, while McBride entered in the 61st minute.
U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, a World Cup starter, played the first half for Mönchengladbach, but didn't have to do much to blank the mis-firing Fulham attack. He was replaced at halftime by backup keeper Christofer Heimeroth who came off his line for a Fulham long ball intended for forward Heidar Helguson. G'ladbach reserve defender Tobias Levels tried to clear it, but instead looped a header over Heimeroth and into the net.
U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey had three assists and hit a post twice in visiting Reading's 10-1 rout yesterday of the semiprofessional Lanna GoIF of Sweden. U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann did not play for Reading.
Earlier in the week, Reading opened its Swedish tour with a 3-0 decision over Gallstads FK with Hahnemann looking sharp over 90 minutes to earn the clean sheet. Convey played 59 minutes in his first action of the season and put in several good crosses, none of which were converted.
Reading and Watford are preparing for life in the Premier League after being promoted from the English League Championship. Watford got ready with a week of training in Denmark, highlighted with a 4-0 triumph over AC Horsens.
American defender Jay DeMerit played well, going the distance for Watford.
"I think I've taken a lot from the week in Denmark," DeMerit told the Watford web site after returning to England. "You always need to take a lot from any preseason, especially with the situation that we're in, where we're going into a new league. I thought the match on Monday night was good. It was the first time this preseason that we've seemed to run on all cylinders. From a defensive standpoint, we didn't give away any goals and from an offensive standpoint, we scored more goals, so I think it was first the first time we've come together and played well this season."
Watford faces a big test this week when it hosts Inter Milan on Tuesday at Vicarage Lane.
In Germany Saturday, host Hannover 96 played a spirited 0-0 draw with Aston Villa of the EPL. U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played well for Hannover before giving way in the 57th minute.
PSV Eindhoven, the Netherlands champion played a pair of matches in Germany this week. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not participate in either, a 1-1 tie Wednesday with TSV Alemannia Aachen before a sub-par effort produced a 3-0 loss to 1.FC Nürnberg.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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