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Americans On The Continent: Championship Carlos

By Aaron West

Carlos Bocanegra and his Rennes teammates relied on yet another exemplary defensive display and an early goal from striker Moussa Sow to assure their place in the Coupe de France final. 

Ligue 1 newcomers Grenoble put up a game effort against the Brittany side, but were unable to get past Rennes’ vaunted backline.  On 21 minutes, hapless Grenoble goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom failed to deal with a high, bouncing ball in the box, leaving Moussa Sow to dive onto it to head home the game’s only goal. 

Grenoble attempted to respond, striking the woodwork just before the break, but the small club from the foot of the Alps could not manage to ripple the back of the net.  10 minutes into the second half, Moussa Sow beat Le Crom with a header once again, but was ruled out for offside. 

Grenoble was unable to present a legitimate attacking threat for the rest of the match, and Rennes was content to sit back and wait out the end of match with a one-goal lead.

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Away to Grenoble, 1-0, 90 minutes

See above.
Next up: vs. Bordeaux, Wednesday, April 29

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
vs. Arminia Bielefeld, 1-1, 70 minutes

Needing a win, Michael Bradley and his M’Gladbach teammates were unable to come up with all three points, settling for a draw at home against fellow relegation strugglers Arminia Bielefeld.  A win in this match would have seen Borussia pull clear of the relegation zone, but their inability to pull out a victory sees their hopes diminish as they face Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 in their upcoming matches.
Next up: Away to Bayern Munich, Saturday, May 2

Square Passes

Oguchi Onyewu was not in the squad for Standard Liege’s 4-1 win over KV Mechelen.

David Yelldell played the entire match for TuS Koblenz, but was unable to keep his side from falling 2-0 to Alemannia Aachen.  Matt Taylor was brought on in the second half to provide a spark, but could not inspire Koblenz to victory.

Charlie Davies played the entire 90 minutes, but again was unable to keep Hammarby from falling 1-0 for the second match in a row, losing to IFK.

Danny Califf will start at center back for FC Midtjylland tonight against SønderjyskE.

Jeremiah White and Michael Parkhurst faced off as AGF Aarhus and FC Nordsjælland met over the weekend.  White helped his side come out on top, providing the match-winning assist, as Aarhus won 1-0.  Benny Feilhaber was brought on for White 20 minutes from time, marking his third straight appearance back from injury.

Marcus Tracy played 30 minutes against Vejle on Monday, earning himself a start in AaB’s 3-1 loss against Esbjerg on Thursday.  After pulling up with a slight thigh injury midweek, Tracy was limited to just 13 minutes in AaB’s 1-0 loss to Randers FC on Sunday.  After being brought on in the 70th minute, he was substituted after re-irritating the injury.

Jozy Altidore
was in the stands for Xerez’s 2-0 victory over Sevilla Atlético. 

Freddy Adu
was on the bench for Monaco’s 1-0 victory over Le Mans, but was not called into action yet again.

Aaron West's feature, "Americans On The Continent" appears every Monday on Goal.com.