Bocanegra scores, but Rennes is upset by Guingamp 2-1 in Cup final.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Monday, May 11, 2008) -- United States defender Carlos Bocanegra scored in the 70th minute, but Rennes of Ligue 1 then gave up two late goals to second-division Guingamp and lost the Coupe de France final 2-1 Sunday before 80,056 in Paris' Stade de France..
Rennes was looking to end a 38-year wait for a championship trophy when Bocanegra put it ahead with a classic goal. Bruno Cheyrou whipped a free kick from the right side and Bocanegra rose the highest in a crowded penalty area to glance a header home into a corner for a 1-0 advantage.
However, Brazilian Eduardo Dos Santos poked home a goal, also from a crowd, two minutes later to pull Guingamp even at 1-1 before also scoring the winner in the 83rd minute.
Guingamp, which stands 13th in the 20-team Ligue 2 and has been battling to stay a step above the relegation zone, won its first championship ever at any level. Rennes is seventh in Ligue 1
In Belgium, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu's hard work led to one goal and he scored another one in the second half to help Standard de Liège defeat Club Brugge 2-0 and in doing so keep pace with rival Anderlecht at the top of the Pro League standings with just one match left in the season.
In the 37th minute, Onyewu was taken down in the box by Brugge captain Philippe Clement as Onyewu tried to get to a cross from Steven Defour. Milan Jovanovic converted the penalty. In the 74th minute, Onyewu sealed the result by heading Defour's free kick into the left-hand corner of the net.
Standard and Anderlecht are both 23-5-5 with 74 points. If both remain level on points after next weekend, they will play a two-match series to determine the champion.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for Borussia Mönchengladbach, which boosted its hopes of surviving relegation with a 1-0 win over Schalke 04.
At 7-18-6 with 27 points with three games left, Mönchengladbach is in a three-way tie for 15th place with the 16th- and 17th-place clubs relegated. Gladbach is even with Arminia Bielefeld with a minus-19 goal differential, but both are ahead of Energie Cottbus at minus-27.
American midfielder Sal Zizzo played the final five minutes for Hannover 96 in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo, a veteran with the U.S. men, is said to be doing well after hip surgery, but might not be ready to resume playing either for either club or country until the fall. He is one match short of his 200th German first-division match for Hannover.
American goalkeeper Luis Robles earned a clean sheet for Kaiserslautern in a 1-0 victory over Augsburg.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American David Yelldell was not in goal after suffering a hand injury and watched from the stands as relegation-threatened TuS Koblenz was soundly defeated by league-leading SC Freiburg 5-2.
In Denmark's Superligaen, American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for Nordsjaelland in a 3-1 loss at first-place FC Copenhagen.
U.S. defender Danny Califf served a yellow-card suspension and did not play in FC Midtjylland's 3-2 triumph Friday at AC Horsens.
American striker Jeremiah White went 82 minutes for visiting Aarhus which played a 1-1 draw Monday with Aalborg. American midfielder Benny Feilhaber was dressed but did not play for Aarhus, while American forward Marcus Tracy did not make the trip for Aalborg as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
In Sweden's Allsvenskan, American striker Charlie Davies went the distance for Hammarby which dropped a road contest 1-0 Monday at Örebro SK.
In Norway's Tippeligaen, American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman went the distance for IK Start Kristiansand which defeated Lillestrom SK 3-0. On Sunday, both went the whole way in a Norweigen Cup match in which Start defeated Trauma 4-1.
American keeper Troy Perkins posted a shutout for Valerenga IF Oslo in a 3-0 decision over Molde FK.
In Italy, American midfielder Danny Szetela dressed, but did not play for Brescia in a 0-0 draw with Cittadella.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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