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Americans On The Continent: When Pigs Fly

By Aaron West

After the resignation of Dieter Hecking last week, Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover 96 looked to move forward in a positive manner with former reserve team manager Andreas Bergmann at the helm. Traveling to Nurnberg, the Lower Saxony club hoped to use the momentum following Bergmann’s arrival as a boost to victory.

With the disappointing 1-1 draw at FSV Mainz tucked firmly behind them, Hannover attacked Nurnberg with gusto, nearly jumping into the lead on seven minutes through Constant Djakpa. This proved to be a sign of things to come, as Djakpa slipped a delightful through ball to Jiri Stajner and the Czech forward made no mistake with his finish to put the visitors ahead. Stajner ended hopes of a Nurnberg comeback in the 86th minute when he fired home from inside of the box to close the match out at 2-0.

Steve Cherundolo played the entire match at right back, but was rarely troubled by the rather tame FC Nurnberg left midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Cherundolo’s younger compatriot Sal Zizzo was left out of the matchday squad.

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Away to FC Nurnberg, 2-0, 90 minutes

See above.
Next up: vs. TSG Hoffenheim, Saturday, August 29

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Away to Werder Bremen, 0-3, 45 minutes, Yellow Card

In his first match back following his mandatory rest due to an H1N1 swine flu scare, Michael Bradley had a less than memorable outing for Monchengladbach as they fell 3-0 away to Werder Bremen. After Bradley’s yellow-card-worthy challenge, rising star Mesut Ozil fired in a free kick towards goal that Christopher Heimeroth was unable to handle. Former Bayern Munich star Claudio Pizarro was immediately on hand to gobble up the dropped cross, opening the scoring after only 21 minutes. Just 17 minutes later, the Peruvian popped up with another goal, finishing Clemens Fritz’s cross to make it 2-0.

Michael Bradley was substituted at halftime to make way for forward Oliver Neuville as Die Fohlen attempted to force their way back into the match. However, despite Mesut Ozil’s missed penalty on 65 minutes, Bremen coasted to victory with center-back Naldo putting it beyond all doubt with two minutes left.  
Next up: vs. FSC Mainz, Friday, August 28  

Charlie Davies, Sochaux (France)
Away to Montpellier, 0-2, 71 minutes

Despite being handed the start for Sochaux, Charlie Davies was unable to seize his chance as his team fell 2-0 to Montpellier. Davies provided little threat aside from a seventh-minute headed attempt on goal, and was replaced by midfielder Slovan Privat in the 71st minute. Two second-half goals from Alberto Costa and Karim Alt Fana did the damage for Montpellier as Sochaux went home empty-handed.
Next up: vs. AS Monaco, Saturday, August 29

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. Marseille, 1-1, 90 minutes

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes fought their way to another 1-1 draw, this time at home against Marseille. Bocanegra played the full 90 at left back as Jerome Leroy and Mamadou Niang’s goals kept the match even.
Next up: Away to Lens, Saturday, August 29

Kenny Cooper, 1860 Munich (Germany)
vs. Karlsruher SC – Monday Night

Kenny Cooper will likely start tonight at home to Karlsruher SC.
Next up: Away to Ahlen, Friday, August 28

Square Passes

Oguchi Onyewu didn't make it off the bench as teammates Ronaldinho and Pato combined twice to lead AC Milan past Siena with a 2-1 win on opening day of the Serie A season.

Jermaine Jones is still on the injured list as he recovers from a broken leg.

David Yelldell made several saves against Fortuna Dusseldorf, but despite his herculean effort, TuS Koblenz still fell 0-1 away.

Matt Taylor sat out with a pulled muscle as Frankfurt drew 0-0 with SC Paderborn.

Jeremiah White and Benny Feilhaber started Aarhus’ 2-2 draw with Silkeborg, helping their side stay atop the league for the moment. White was withdrawn after 60 minutes, and Feilhaber was substituted in the 71st minute.

Michael Parkhurst played the full 90 in FC Nordsjælland’s disappointing 0-1 loss to SonderjyskE.

Danny Califf played the full 90 at center-back as FC Midtjylland were smashed 4-1 by FC Copenhagen.

Marcus Tracy was left out of the matchday squad for Aalborg’s 2-0 loss to Esbjerg.

Troy Perkins conceded three goals as his Valerenga side allowed Stabaek to come back and win 3-2.   

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

For more on Americans abroad, visit Goal.com's dedicated page