(Monday, February 12, 2006) -- United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller performed his job well, but the Borussia Mönchengladbach attack was absent. The result was a 0-0 draw with visiting Alemannia Aachen Saturday at Borussia-Park between two clubs trying to avoid the German 1.Bundesliga relegation zone.
The two teams are in a three-way tie with VfL Bochum for 15th place, which is not in the drop zone, and 16th and 17th places, which are. With 17 matches remaining to be played, all three teams are 5-11-5 with 20 points. Aachen and Mönchengladbach both have a minus-10 goal differential, but Aachen is in 15th place for the moment, having scored 32 goals to 'Gladbach's 16. Bochum is in 17th place because its goal differential is minus-11.
'Gladbach dominated the action Saturday, but simply could not create many quality chances. Keller was not busy, but did well denying Jan Schlaudraff in the 22nd minute and Matthias Lehmann's drive two minutes before halftime.
Schlaudraff was put cleanly through five minutes from the end, but Keller came racing out of his goal to cause the shot to go wide.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for host Hannover 96, which twice erased one-goal deficits to draw 2-2 with VfL Wolfsburg at AWD-Arena.
Hannover dominated possession, but Wolfsburg managed a pair of opportunistic goals. After Diego Fernando Klimowicz put Wolfsburg ahead in the third minute, Hannover answered with a tally from Hanno Balitsch in the 22nd minute. Wolfsburg needed three minutes to retake the lead after Jacek Krzynowek found net, but Hannover equalized again behind Frank Fahrenhorst's goal.
Hannover (7-8-6, 27 points) is in eighth place.
U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber did not dress for last-place Hamburg SV (2-7-12, 18) which recorded a big victory in coach Huub Stevens' debit with a 3-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund was reduced to 10 men when Leonardo de Deus Santos was ejected with a red card un the 42 nd minute.
While Feilhaber is practicing with the first team, his playing time will apparently come with Hamburg-II, the reserve team which plays in the third-division Regionalliga Süd. On Saturday, the 22-year-old Feilhaber scored a goal in Hamburg-II's 3-0 victory over host Wuppertal.
Feilhaber was joined in the starting lineup by American striker Preston Zimmerman, who picked up a yellow card in a 90-minute effort.
Hamburg-II is in the midst of a struggle which has the top six teams of the Regionalliga Nord within one point of each other. Osnabrück (10-5-4) and Fortuna D'dorf (9-4-7) are on top with 34 points, followed by Lubeck (10-7-3), Dynamo Dresden (10-7-3), Hamburg-II (9-5-6) and Erfurt (9-5-6), all with 33. Wuppertal (9-6-5) is in seveth with 32 points, followed by Magdeburg and Emden, both 8-6-6 with 30 points.
The top two teams are promoted, but Hamburg-II cannot move up because of its status as the club's second team.
American midfielder Joe Enochs did not play for Osnabrück which failed to claim sole possession for first place in a 2-0 setback to Fortuna Düsseldorf. Osnabrück still holds a game in hand on the eight teams below it.
In the 2Bundesliga yesterday, U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter and striker Josh Wolff both went the distance for TSV 1860 Munich, which fell 3-0 to SC Freiburg.
Last Monday, Wolff had a pair of assists and also was issued a yellow card in 1860's 5-1 decision over Wacker Burghausen. Berhalter, as usual, went the distance on the back-line.
Munich and Freiburg are tied for sixth place at 9-8-4 with 31 points, eight points below third place and promotion.
In the Dutch Eredivisie, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley did not play for Heerenveen in a 0-0 draw with visiting Vitesse Arnhem at Abe Lenstra Stadion.
American attacker Lee Nguyen is sidelined for PSV Eindhoven with a shoulder injury.