(Sunday, March 30, 2008) -- American Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96, which drew for a third match in a row 0-0 Sunday with visiting VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga.
Both sides lacked on attack, registering on shot on frame apiece.
On March 22, Cherundolo also went 90 minutes for Hannover, which played down a man for 85 minutes in a 1-1 tie with host MSV Duisburg after Mike Hanke was sent off with a red card in the fifth minute.
Duisburg held a 17-8 shots advantage, though only 5-3 on frame, but it was Hannover that went up 1-0 in the 42nd minute on a goal by Jiri Stainer.
Duisburg pressed hard for an equalizer and it came from Michael Lamey in the 77th minute.
On March 15, Hannover drew 2-2 with visiting Arminia Bielefeld.with Stainer coming off the bench to provide the final tying goal in the 56th minute. As usual, Cherundolo went the whole way.
Hannover (9-9-8, 35 points), which is 1-4-5 is in 10th place.
Berhalter, 1860 Munich endure rough stretch
In the 2 Bundesliga, U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter went the distance for TSV 1860 Munich, which dropped its second decision in a row 2-1 to FC Carl Zeiss Jena.
All the goals came in the last half hour. U.S. striker Josh Wolff did not play for Munich.
On March 23, 1860 dropped an odd match to TuS Koblenz 3-1, giving up a pair of own goals, including an unusual one by Berhalter.
Wolff went 90 minutes and had a pair of chances early, but came up empty. Munich went ahead 1-0 in the 14th minute, but 1860 defender Markus Thorandt's own goal allowed Koblenz to pull even at 1-1.
Koblenz went ahead 2-1 when Berhalter headed a cross by Njazi Kuqi sharply into the crossbar and watched it ricochet down, hit the ground, come back up and carom off his body over the goal-line for another own goal.
Berhalter was also involved in the third Koblenz goal when he made a spectacular stop of a counter-attack, but failed to control the ball. It fell to Manuel Hartmann, who made it 3-1.
Earlier in the season, Munich (8-7-11, 35 points) appeared to be in the hunt for promotion, but has faded to ninth place.
Standard leads Jupiler League by nine points
U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu's was steady for Standard de Liège, which has opened a comfortable lead in Belgian's Jupiler League with a 1-0 victory over visiting KV Mechelen.
In a not very exciting match, Standard prevailed on a goal in the 78th minute.
On March 23, host Standard won 2-0 over RAEC Bergen Mons at Maurice Dufrasne Stadium. It was a physically tough match with eight yellow cards handed out, but significantly none were to Onyewu, who has anchored the Standard defense all season without getting into yellow-card trouble he has in the past.
Onyewu went 90 minutes in all five of Standard's March games, including a 2-1 triumph over Germinal Beerschot on the road, defeating visiting St. Truiden (Saint Trond) 2-1 and a 3-1 triumph at KVC Westerlo.
Against Beerschot March 14, well-taken goals by Milan Jovanovic in the 15th minute and Marouane Fellaini in the 40th provided a 2-0 advantage that stood up.
Against St. Truiden March 7, Standard took the lead, but conceded a 42nd-minute goal to Rocky Peeters when Onyewu had trouble clearing a sharp cross. But a spectacular goal two minutes later by Igor De Camargo gave Standard its winning margin.
Against KVC March 1, Standard gave up a goal in the third minute, but responded with three goals in a dominant second half. On the first goal, Onyewu made a huge 40-yard right-side throw-in deep into the penalty area where an unmarked Marouane Fellaini easily headed it home.
Standard (18-0-10, 64) has yet to lose this season and leads the league by nine points over Anderlecht (16-5-7) and 10 over its arch-rival Club Brugge (16-6-6), which has slumped by going 1-3-1 in its last five outings.
Jaqua scores third goal for Rheindorf
In the Austrian Bundesliga, American forward Nate Jaqua scored his third goal since joining SC Rheindorf Altach after the winter break in a 2-0 win over SV Mattersburg.
Jaqua, who was acquired from the Major League Soccer champion Houston Dynamo, got off to a flying start with his new team scoring a goal in each of his first two matches, a 1-1 tie with Vienna Austria and a 2-1 home win over Rapid Vienna.
Rheindorf (8-14-10, 34), which stands eighth out of 10 teams, then hit a rough patch, going 1-3-1 in its next three matches. Jaqua has played in all eight matches since the Austrian season has re-started after the break..
Perkins posts shutout in Norwegian debut
The Norweigen Tippeligaen started play this weekend in rain, sleet and freezing temperatures with a match featuring three Americans. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins, obtained via transfer from MLS's D.C. United, posted a shutout in his debut for host Valerenga IF Oslo in a 1-0 triumph over Aalesunds FK, which features keeper Adin Brown and midfielder-striker Pat Noonan.
In Portgual, U.S. attacker Freddy Adu did not dress today for Benfica Lisbon's 4-1 romp over visiting Paços de Ferreira.