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Americans Abroad

Young Americans find net in training matches.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Christopher Courtney (in Wuerzburg, Germany)

(Tuesday, July 11, 2000) -- The German Bundesliga has begun training and playing pre-season matches in anticipation of the mid-August start of league play.

Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan
This past weekend saw many clubs use their younger players as they faced lower division foes. Three American players saw action and between them they scored six goals.

The big news was midfielder\forward Landon Donovan. He scored four goals as Leverkusen's younger players and reserves thumped lowly amateur club Kreis Bitburg 15-0.

Hertha Berlin got it's pre-season underway by demolishing FSV Bernau 18-0. One of the goals was scored by midfielder Tony Sanneh who played before leaving to join the United States national team in Florida for World Cup qualifers.

An interesting story is developing in Karsruhe. Eighteen-year-old American Carlo Espinosa has been brought over for a pre-season tryout and he netted a goal in Karsruhe's 3-1 win over Heilbronn. According to press reports, the team has been impressed with Espinosa and he is being offered a contract.

Karlsruhe, U.S. defender David Regis' former club, has fallen on hard times. Normally a strong first or second division team over the years, it has been relegated to the third division for the coming season and is attempting to rebuild from the ground up with young players. Espinosa could see a fair amount of playing time.

English teams are also beginning pre-season play. At Fulham, American midfielder Eddie Lewis' well-placed corner kick was headed home for Fulham's first goal in a 2-0 pre season victory over Tiverton Town. It was Lewis' last action before heading back to the States to prepare for World Cup qualifiers.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com Christopher Courtney is an American living in Wuerzburg, Germany where he follows 1FC Nuernburg and Bayern Munich. He can be e-mailed at yanksgermany@yahoo.com.

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