Americans On The Continent: Bradley Bags a Brace

Michael Bradley continued his recent excellent form for relegation strugglers Borussia Monchengladbach over the weekend. The New Jersey-born midfielder scored a pair of goals to lead M’Gladbach to victory over FC Cologne.
By Aaron West
Borussia Monchengladbach’s hopes for remaining in the Bundesliga were boosted even further with their 4-2 win over FC Cologne on Saturday.  Michael Bradley lead M’Gladbach to victory with yet another strong performance in midfield, capped off by a match-winning brace.  Bradley opened the scoring with a close range strike after Marko Marin’s good run and cutback found him in front of goal in the 25th minute. 

Karim Matmour extended the visitors’ lead just before halftime, slotting home after a through ball from Alexander Baumjohann.  Miso Brecko pulled a goal back for Cologne in the 64th minute, but Rob Friend restored the two-goal gap just three minutes later.  Brecko struck again in the 82nd minute to make the match interesting. 

Michael Bradley assured the result three minutes from time with a penalty after Kevin Pezzoni brought down Gal Alberman in the box.

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Away to FC Cologne, 4-2, 90 minutes, 2 goals

See above.
Next up: vs. VfL Bochum, Friday, March 20

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Away to Le Mans, 2-2, 67 minutes

For the second time this year, Rennes and Le Mans drew 2-2 in the French Ligue 1.  After Thorstein Helstad and Gervinho put the home side ahead by two goals in the first 20 minutes after a nightmare start for Rennes.  The tide began to turn before halftime, and the away team began to make their mark on the game.  Carlos Bocanegra was withdrawn after 67 minutes for young Cameroonian forward Jires Ekoko.  The substitution proved fruitful as the 21-year-old netted for Rennes just eight minutes later with a magnificent solo goal.  The comeback was complete when Moussa Sow equalized in the 90th minute, scoring on an open net after Yohann Pele was caught off his line defending Jerome Leroy’s cross.  
Next up: vs. Valenciennes, Saturday, March 21

Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgium)
vs. Racing Genk, 2-0, 90 minutes

 Oguchi Onyewu went the full 90 as Standard Liege beat Racing Genk 2-0 in the Belgian Jupiler League.  A goal from Axel Witsel on the stroke of halftime and a late strike from Igor De Camargo assured the victory for the league leaders.
Next up: Away to Royal Charleroi SC, Saturday, March 21

Michael Parkhurst, Nordsjælland (Denmark)
vs. AC Horsens, 1-2, 46 minutes, yellow card

Michael Parkhurst was withdrawn after 46 minutes in Nordsjaelland’s loss to AC Horsens.  Parkhurst received a yellow card in the 7th minute, but later pulled up with an injury.  Johnny Lundberg replaced the former New England Revolution defender just after halftime.  
Next up: vs. AC Horsens, Sunday, March 15

Square Passes

A late injury kept Steve Cherundolo off the gameday roster for Hannover’s 4-4 draw with Dortmund.  Sal Zizzo was left out of the squad as well.

Luis Robles’ Kaiserslautern came out victors over David Yelldell and Matt Taylor’s TuS Koblenz, 2-1.  Kaiserslautern snapped a three-match losing streak, as both Robles and Yelldell played the entire match in goal for their respective teams. Matt Taylor was introduced in the 83rd minute, but was unable to affect the game.

Freddy Adu
made the bench for Monaco’s match against Toulouse, but did not see any action in the 3-2 win.  

Jozy Altidore was not included in the squad yet again as Xerez fell 3-1 to Real Sociedad.